A's manager Bob Melvin wrote in Josh Reddick, who has been the No. 3 hitter for 133 games this season, into the No. 6 slot Saturday, batting him there for the fifth time this season to take a little pressure off the young right fielder. Reddick took an 0-for-7 with a couple of hard line drives Saturday, so he now has batted .145 (12-for-83) with just six RBIs in his last 20 games. Melvin figures it's just a matter of time before he breaks back out again. "He's been so good for us all year offensively and defensively," said Melvin. "Now you get down to where you're semi-close to the season's end, and I think he's maybe trying to do a little bit too much. It certainly isn't for lack of confidence. He's trying too hard. Sometimes, you've got to step back." Yankees: Tex takes steps
After a key running session at Yankee Stadium on Saturday went well, injured first baseman Mark Teixeira is slated to head to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday night to continue his rehabilitation from a calf strain. Teixeira, who missed 10 games and then aggravated the injury Sept. 8, will play in instructional league games there to ramp up his baseball activities. There's still no timetable for his return, however. "We didn't really have a progression last time, it was, 'Get back as soon as possible,'" Teixeira said. "This time, we're doing a progression." Worth noting
The Yankees lead the season series with the A's, 5-4, and have won the last four season series. After departing the Bronx, the A's will continue their all-contenders September road trip with a four-game set at Texas, the AL West leaders. The Yankees travel to Minnesota and Toronto for a full seven-game slate next week.