A’s manager Bob Melvin penciled in the standard lineup he uses against right-handers for Saturday’s opener of the American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers.
Brandon Moss got the nod over Chris Carter at first base, Seth Smith will serve as designated hitter over Jonny Gomes and Cliff Pennington is at second base over Adam Rosales. Moss, Smith and Pennington (a switch hitter) all bat left-handed, and Detroit is starting right-hander Justin Verlander on the mound.
The one exception in the A’s lineup is right-handed hitting Derek Norris playing catcher over George Kottaras, but Melvin occasionally played Norris against right-handers during the regular season.
A’s – Coco Crisp CF, Stephen Drew SS, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Brandon Moss 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Seth Smith DH, Derek Norris C, Cliff Pennington 2B; Jarrod Parker RHP.
Tigers – Austin Jackson CF, Quintin Berry LF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Delmon Young DH, Andy Dirks RF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B; Justin Verlander RHP.