OAKLAND – To say that Adam Rosales doesn’t lead off much is an understatement.
He led off Saturday and homered to open the bottom of the first, hitting a 1-1 pitch from lefty Angel Miranda out to left-center.
It was the first time he’d led off in a game since his first go-round with the A’s. He thought it was 2012. It was actually 2013, but it was also a homer.
“The last time I remember leading off was 2012 in Yankee Stadium,” Rosales said Saturday morning before his sixth career appearance as a leadoff hitter. “It was C.C. (Sabathia, starting for the Yanks). First pitch. Home run.”
It was on May 3, 2013, actually. But it was a first-pitch homer to left-center, not the easiest place in Yankee Stadium to get a ball out.
“That was a good one,” Rosales said. “I was talking to CY (Chris Young) about leading off and he told me something I’ve always remembered. When you are leading off, the best pitch you’re likely to see is the first or second one. He was right I got a pitch I could handle on the first one.”
For the record, the A’s went on to win that game 2-0 behind A.J. Griffin.
With Rajai Davis hobbled by a hamstring injury and manager Bob Melvin not wanting to have a lefty-on-lefty matchup at the top with Miranda against A’s center fielder Jaff Decker, Rosales got the call to lead off. He’s the fifth different leadoff hitter for the A’s in 18 games. The club had only six in 162 games last year.