Lineups for today’s series opener — A’s: Hannahan DH; Crosby SS; Cust LF; Chavez 3B; Ellis 2B; Barton 1B; Buck RF; Gonzalez CF; Suzuki C. Yankees: Damon LF; Jeter SS; Abreu RF; A-Rod 3B; Giambi DH; Posada C; Betemit 1B; Cano 2B; Cabrera CF.
No big shockers from the A’s side. Crosby is starting despite the sore ankle, although Bob Geren said he was curious to see how Crosby and Huston Street (sore groin) were feeling after batting practice. It’s not out of the question one or both could be unavailable.
Hannahan gets another start at DH. Right now he looks like their best bet atop the order. Emil Brown continues to be the odd man out of the playing rotation in the OF/DH mix. Using Hannahan at DH is a convenient way to keep his bat in the lineup for now. Things get trickier for Geren once Frank Thomas returns to man the DH spot. Speaking of the Big Hurt, Geren said Thomas will visit a doctor in Los Angeles on Wednesday, but he’s progressing well. It’s possible he could be back in the lineup June 20, when the A’s get back from their swing through NL ballparks and the DH returns.