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More familiar faces in A’s lineup vs. Brewers

We’ve got a few more regulars in the A’s lineup today. Here’s what it looks like for Cactus League home opener vs. Brewers:

Rajai LF
Ellis 2B
Suzuki C
Kouzmanoff 3B
Chavez 1B
Cust DH
Buck RF
Rosales SS
Patterson CF

Sheets P

It’ll be interesting to see how Bob Geren sets the middle of his batting order. I could see Suzuki-Kouzmanoff-Chavez-Cust being a potential combination in the middle, but I’m not sure how much we should glean from today’s order. For one thing, I don’t expect right-handers to take up the first four spots. Figure switch hitter Coco Crisp will occupy one of the top two spots when he plays.

Chavez gets his first real game experience at first base, so we’ll see if he gets any difficult plays over there. Geren said the A’s broke out a stop watch yesterday and timed Chavez on how long it took him to cover the bag from where he was playing a hitter. They also compared that to the speeds with which many of the game’s fastest left-handed hitters get down the line. That gives him an idea of how much time he has to get to the base and receive a throw. Technical stuff, but still sorta interesting.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich