By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, April 7th, 2012 at 5:43 pm in Uncategorized.
Tonight’s lineups as the A’s try to rebound against the Mariners:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Smith DH, Suzuki C, Pennington SS, Allen 1B, Sogard 3B; Colon RHP.
Mariners — Figgins LF, Ackley 2B, Ichiro RF, Smoak 1B, Montero DH, Seager 3B, Olivo C, Saunders CF, Kawasaki SS; Hernandez RHP.
–Yoenis Cespedes makes his debut in the cleanup spot. “He’s a power bat, and he continues to swing it well,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
–Daric Barton’s DL stint is retroactive to March 24, meaning he is eligible to be activated for Monday’s game against Kansas City. Will he join the A’s then? Melvin said there’s still an issue of whether Barton’s surgically repaired right shoulder can handle the rigors of playing every day, but he wouldn’t speculate on when, or if, Barton might return. Barton’s status still leaves the first base position in limbo, as the A’s seem to be entertaining the idea of plugging him in as the starter once they feel he’s healthy enough. Brandon Allen draws the start tonight, after Kila Ka’aihue got the nod Friday night …