Right fielder Josh Reddick was hitless in his last 27 at-bats when Melvin left him out of the lineup for Tuesday's game. The streak increased to 28 when Reddick lined out as a pinch-hitter. "He's grinding pretty hard," Melvin said before the game. "That hasn't changed." Reddick has 29 home runs and 79 RBIs this season to go with a .762 OPS. He's shown some streakiness before, following up a 6-for-46 (.130) stretch in August by going 14-for-28 (.500) in his next six contests. For the first time in almost a week, outfielder Coco Crisp took part in baseball activities on Tuesday, hitting in the batting cage and shagging fly balls. He then appeared as a pinch-runner and stole second base in the eighth inning, his first game action since Friday. Rangers: Oswalt back on the mound, in bullpen
Roy Oswalt hadn't appeared in a game since Sept. 9 before tossing two scoreless innings against the A's on Monday. The veteran righty gave up one hit and struck out two in his fifth relief appearance of the season, to go along with nine starts. Oswalt has recovered from right forearm tightness that forced him to exit his previous outing, and Washington called his performance "outstanding." The Rangers could elect to put Oswalt on their postseason roster as a middle reliever. The 35-year-old said on Tuesday that his arm felt "pretty good" after his return to action. Worth noting
Oakland struck out 15 times on Tuesday, giving the club an Major League-high 1,322 for the season, only two off the American League record set by the 2007 Rays. The A's and Rangers are now even in their season series, at 7-7.