A's lineup: Jaso returns

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A's lineup: Jaso returns
July 3, 2013, 2:45 pm
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John Jaso hasn't starting in any of the A's last nine games. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: A's-Cubs coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet California with A's Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Stick around after the game for A's Postgame Live.

OAKLAND -- John Jaso is back in the A's starting lineup for the first time since June 20. The A's catcher is glad to be back after missing nine potential starts and doesn't think too fondly off the Rangers' infield.

Jaso suffered an abrasion on his left palm/wrist while sliding into second base in Texas, and said it's been giving him pain whenever he makes contact.

"That dirt is like concrete," he said Wednesday.

"He's ready," manager Bob Melvin said. "He hit quite a bit yesterday, and catching hasn't been the issue."

Coco Crisp is back in center field after he served as the designated hitter in Tuesday's 8-7 win following back spasms that forced him out of Sunday's contest. Seth Smith is the DH for Game 2, batting second.

Brandon Moss returns to face right-handed Cubs starter Matt Garza after a day off against a lefty on Tuesday, slotted fifth in the lineup.

The Game 2 lineups:

Oakland A's (49-35, 27-13 Home)

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Seth Smith (L) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
6. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
7. John Jaso (L) C
8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
9. Eric Sogard (L) 2B
RHP -- Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79 ERA)

Chicago Cubs (35-46, 18-24 Road)

1. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) DH
5. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
6. Dioner Navarro (S) C
7. Brian Bogusevic (L) LF
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF
RHP -- Matt Garza (3-1, 3.83 ERA)