Athletics 3B Chavez to sit out Friday's game

Jul 7, 2007 - 1:18 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Oakland Athletics will have to begin their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners without one of their top offensive threats.

Third baseman Eric Chavez will not play in Friday's series opener against Seattle due to a sore back.

In 79 games this season, Chavez is hitting .249 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI. He is second on the team in both homers and RBI but has not belted a shot since June 15, a span of 16 games.

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