A's lineup: Chris Young headlines right-handed infusion

A's lineup: Chris Young headlines right-handed infusion
April 3, 2013, 2:00 pm
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In 2010, Chris Young hit 27 home runs and knocked in 91 runs for the Diamondbacks. (AP)

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OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics offense hasn't started clicking yet. After being held to three hits in each of their first two games, the lineup looks drastically different Wednesday. The changes have less to do with the scuffling offense and more to do with the fact the Mariners have a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

Oakland Athletics (0-2) lineup

Coco Crisp, DH
Jed Lowrie, SS
Chris Young, CF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Derek Norris, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Nate Freiman, 1B
Scott Sizemore, 2B

Instant Analysis

Coco Crisp crashed hard into the Comcast SportsNet sign in left-center field on Tuesday night and appeared to have a tough time shaking off the aftermath of the impact. He gets a day as the designated hitter to recuperate.

The lineup has an infusion of right-handed bats. Chris Young will make his A's debut and start in center field. First baseman Nate Freiman is set to make his Major League debut and start at first base. Righties Derek Norris and Scott Sizemore also draw their first starts of the season.

Top of the Order

Coco Crisp is the hitter to watch on Wednesday against Mariners' starter Joe Saunders. He is 8 for 27 with five doubles, one home run and four RBI in his career against the lefty.

Without John Jaso in the lineup, Jed Lowrie takes over the second spot in the lineup. He hit there frequently this spring.

Heart of the Order

Yoenis Cespedes has the A's only home run this season. Coincidentally, his only career hit against Saunders was a homer. They have only faced each other twice.

Josh Donaldson moves up in the order to protect Cespedes. He apparently sees Saunders really well. The A's third baseman is 5 for 9 with a double and no strikeouts against Saunders.

Bottom of the Order

Freiman took early ground balls on Tuesday. That was a sign he'd be getting out there on Wednesday. The tall first baseman will get his first taste of big league action at the Oakland Coliseum. This will be a day that Freiman will never forget. He said it was an "unbelievable feeling" when he found out he made the A's 25-man roster. It will be even more special to get on the field. 

Starting Pitchers

Tommy Milone makes his season debut. The left-handed pitcher was 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts against the Mariners in 2012.

Saunders will take the mound for the Mariners. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the A's in 2012.

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