A's lineup -- Cespedes elevated to cleanup


A's lineup -- Cespedes elevated to cleanup

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

The young A's player that could be biggest beneficiary of Rajai Davis trade

The young A's player that could be biggest beneficiary of Rajai Davis trade

The A's traded veteran center fielder Rajai Davis to the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon, clearing yet another veteran from their roster.

In return they receive 18-year-old outfielder Rafael Rincones, a Venezuela native currently playing in the Dominican Summer League.

The move doesn't come as a shock in the grand scheme of things. Davis, 36, is signed only through this season and didn't fit in the plans of Oakland's current youth movement. He did, however, have to clear waivers before this move could happen. And he joins Yonder Alonso as the second veteran the A's have shipped off after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The move opens up the possibility of Chad Pinder getting some playing time in center field against left-handers, as manager Bob Melvin has said he'd like to get Pinder some starts out there.

With recently promoted Boog Powell playing well in center, there's the chance he could draw some starts against lefties too, so it may not be a straight platoon. Pinder also sees playing time in right field, shortstop and second base.

A's trade Rajai Davis to Red Sox for minor league outfielder


A's trade Rajai Davis to Red Sox for minor league outfielder

Rajai Davis' second tenure with the A's is up.

Davis has been traded to the Red Sox for 18-year-old minor league outfielder Rafael Roncones.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the A's lost to the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday.

News of the pending deal was first reported by CSN New England.

Rincones has spent the 2017 season with the Red Sox affiliate in the Domincan Summer League. In 57 games, he's hitting .258 with 13 doubles, three triples, one homer and 19 RBI.

Boston are in need of an outfielder after placing Jackie Bradley Jr. on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Davis signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the A's in the offseason. In 100 games this season, the 36-year-old is hitting .233/.294/.353 with 17 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 RBI and 26 stolen bases.

Boston will be Davis' seventh team. In addition to the A's, he has suited up for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates, Tigers and Indians.