The A's put out their eighth different lineup on Sunday, with Melvin hoping it would provide a spark for his team's struggling offense. However, Oakland wound up losing, 5-3, to the Mariners. Josh Reddick was bumped into the No. 5 spot, while Seth Smith got his first start in the three-hole. "I always feel like everyone's on the verge of swinging well," Melvin said. "And I really do think it's something where we get a nice game early on, string some hits together, you can gain some momentum from that. That'll be the key for us, to relax a bit. Everyone wants to be that guy right now to get us out of the little funk we're in." Angels: Scioscia continues to mix up lineup
For Sunday's game against the Yankees, manager Mike Scioscia featured a different starting lineup, his eighth of the nine games the Angels have played this season. Maicer Izturis got his first start at third base, while Mark Trumbo was penciled in as the Angels' designated hitter for only the second time. Bobby Abreu also played left field, while Kendrys Morales and Peter Bourjos got the night off. "You can wish all you want about the lineup," Scioscia said, "but you have to just take a pragmatic approach and look at it [with] what's good on this day and what's good with the long term, as to how you're matching up and what you're doing. The club was 8-11 against Oakland during the 2011 season, marking just the second series loss to the A's since the 2003 season, when the team went 9-10. However, the Angels are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings at Angel Stadium against the A's. Los Angeles is 3-6 in its last nine games in Oakland. Worth noting
Weaver has made 20 career starts against the A's, compiling a 6-7 record with one shutout and a 2.85 ERA. The A's have tallied fewer than 10 hits in each of their first 10 games, tying the record from the team's 1978 campaign.