A's lineup -- Cespedes elevated to cleanup

A's lineup -- Cespedes elevated to cleanup
April 7, 2012, 9:28 pm
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch the A's host the Mariners at 6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California.

Managers Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge have released their lineups for the second and final game of the short series between the Mariners and A's at O.Co Coliseum.

Yoenis Cespedes continues his ascent through the A's lineup. Melvin has stated numerous times he doesn't want to anchor Cespedes in the four-hole, for fear of loading up too much pressure on the newcomer to America.

In Game 1, Cespedes hit seventh. Game 2, sixth. On Friday night he hit fifth. Saturday, he'll swing out of the cleanup spot for the first time in his MLB career.

Cespedes is 3-for-his-first-10, and he is yet to hit a single. He has two home runs in his first three career games, joining fellow Cuban national Bert Campaneris as the only two players in A's franchise history to do so.

Seth Smith also gets his first start of the season. He was called upon to pinch hit in the eighth inning of Friday night's game and fouled off two pitches in a 1-2 count before turning around a 96-mph fastball for a bast hit.

Brandon Allen gets the start at first, facing right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez. For now, the A's plan to platoon Allen with Kila Ka'aihue, with Ka'aihue handling the lefties as he did Friday night.

Here are the A's and Mariners' lineup for their 6:05 p.m. game tonight:
Oakland A's

1. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
2. Coco Crisp (S) LF
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Seth Smith (L) DH
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Cliff Pennington (S) SS
8. Brandon Allen (L) 1B
9. Eric Sogard (L) 3B
Bartolo Colon -- P
Seattle Mariners
1. Chone Figgins (S) LF
2. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
3. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
5. Jesus Montero (R) DH
6. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
7. Miguel Olivo (R) C
8. Michael Saunders (L) CF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
Felix Hernandez -- P

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