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KANSAS CITY – Adam Dunn is a surprise omission from the A’s starting lineup for Tuesday’s Wild Card game against the Royals.
Dunn has been a fixture in the cleanup spot against right-handers since Oakland acquired him Aug. 31 from the Chicago White Sox. He was also a big storyline entering this game as he’s participating in the postseason for the first time in his 14-year major league career.
But Dunn has not made a significant impact offensively since the trade, hitting .212 with two home runs, 10 RBI and 27 strikeouts in 25 games. Surely, his 16 strikeouts in 35 career at-bats against Royals starter James Shields played a part in the decision. A’s manager Bob Melvin was scheduled to address the media at 4 p.m. (CT).
Geovany Soto draws the start at catcher for the A’s over Derek Norris, and Soto’s effectiveness throwing out base stealers late in the regular season influenced that call. The Royals led the majors in stolen bases in the regular season.
But also worth noting: Tuesday will mark the first time Soto has caught A’s starter Jon Lester.