OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -The Oakland Athletics scratched third baseman Eric Chavez from the starting lineup moments before their game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night because of a sore back.
Chavez is mired in a 4-for-22 slump despite hitting three homers in his last five games. He is batting .245 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs this season.
Oakland made an earlier change to its usual lineup, inserting new starting catcher Kurt Suzuki when catcher Jason Kendall was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Marco Scutaro replaced Chavez in the starting lineup for the A's, who had lost seven straight games.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Phillies vs. Dodgers Prediction Will the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have a low-scoring battle when the two NL foes meet...
Thumbnail Rockies vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Will both offenses be on display tonight in Arizona when the Diamondbacks host the Rockies at 8:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Angels vs. Rangers Pick Can the Texas Rangers hold off the Los Angeles Angels when the two meet in Arlington tonight at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Marlins Prediction Will tonight's Pirates and Marlins game fall under the total when the teams clash tonight in Miami?
Thumbnail Padres vs. Giants Prediction Can the San Francisco Giants string together back-to-back wins when they host the San Diego Padres tonight at...

MLB Team Pages