Melvin: 'We know that this can be a pretty loud place'
Yoenis Cespedes hit .240 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 135 games in his sophomore season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Programming note: Watch A's October Quest tonight a 6 p.m. prior to the first pitch of ALDS Game 1 and following the final out, on Comcast SportsNet California
OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup and playing left field for the A’s in Friday’s opener of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.
In a switch from the standard regular season batting order, Josh Donaldson and Jed Lowrie are flip-flopped, with Lowrie batting second and Donaldson in the third spot. That gives the A’s back-to-back switch hitters atop the lineup in Coco Crisp and Lowrie.
Cespedes was a question mark entering this week because of a sore right shoulder, but he played catch Thursday and manager Bob Melvin was hopeful Cespedes would be ready for left field in Game 1.
The lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS between the A's and Tigers:
Oakland A's (96-66, 52-29 Home)
1. Coco Crisp -- CF
2. Jed Lowrie -- SS
3. Josh Donaldson -- 3B
4. Brandon Moss -- DH
5. Yoenis Cespedes -- LF
6. Josh Reddick -- RF
7. Stephen Vogt -- C
8. Daric Barton -- 1B
9. Eric Sogard -- 2B
RHP -- Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65 ERA)
Detroit Tigers (93-69, 42-39 Road)
1. Austin Jackson -- CF
2. Torii Hunter -- RF
3. Miguel Cabrera -- 3B
4. Prince Fielder -- 1B
5. Victor Martinez -- DH
6. Alex Avila -- C
7. Omar Infante -- 2B
8. Andy Dirks -- LF
9. Jose Iglesias -- SS
RHP -- Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90 ERA)