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Inside Pitch: Line-up Shuffle

Will Nick Swisher be the A's number two hitter?

After years of line-ups dominated by slow-footed sluggers, the 2005 A's will feature a starting nine with a bit more speed and a lot more athleticism. With a larger variety of hitters at his disposal, how will Manager Ken Macha cobble together his batting line-up in 2005?

With so many new faces, A's manager Ken Macha will have no shortage of options when creating his lineup in 2005. One problem area that won't change, however, is the lack of a right-handed power bat in the middle of the lineup. The A's will be stacked with lefties in the middle of the order: third baseman Eric Chavez, designated hitter Erubiel Durazo and first baseman Scott Hatteberg. Macha will...

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