Manager Ron Washington had to piece together another lineup Wednesday with another key piece from the past two weeks missing. This time it’s Kevin Kouzmanoff who is out, because of back stiffness, but he is expected to be available Friday at Seattle. Shin-Soo Choo (sprained left ankle) also remains out.
So, Michael Choice returns to the leadoff spot and left field for the finale against Oakland, and Josh Wilson starts that third base and bats ninth, the spots he occupied as he delivered the game-tying double in the ninth inning Tuesday.
Mitch Moreland moves up one spot to fifth, behind Prince Fielder.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Sonny Gray: Michael Choice, lf; Elvis Andrus, ss; Alex Rios, rf; Prince Fielder, 1; Mitch Moreland, dh; Donnie Murphy, 2b; Robinson Chirinos, c; Leonys Martin, cf; Josh Wilson, 2b.
A’s lineup vs. LHP Martin Perez: Craig Gentry, cf; Jed Lowrie, ss; Josh Donaldson, 3b; Yoenis Cespedes, lf; Derek Norris, c; Alberto Callaspo, dh; Josh Reddick, rf; Nick Punto, 2b; Daric Barton, 1b.