It’s a youthful lineup for the A’s, with Chris Carter playing first base and Michael Taylor in right field. With Texas throwing lefty Derek Holland, A’s manager Bob Melvin took the opportunity to get a couple of right-handed bats in there.
–Melvin said if Ryan Sweeney returns in any capacity, it’s likely to be in a pinch-hitting role.
Here’s the full lineups for the A’s and Rangers, whose magic number to clinch the AL West is five. The earliest that can happen is Thursday, the final game of this series. You can bet the A’s don’t want to see a second team celebrate on their field within a week, after Detroit clinched here Friday.
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui LF, Willingham DH, Sizemore 3B, Carter 1B, Suzuki C, Pennington SS, Taylor RF; Harden RHP.
Rangers — Kinsler 2B, Andrus SS, Hamilton LF, Young 1B, Beltre 3B, Napoli C, Murphy RF, Cruz DH, Chavez CF; Holland LHP.