OAKLAND - Coco Crisp and Yoenis Céspedes are both out of the A's lineup today against Tigers ace Justin Verlander after leaving last night's game with injuries. Crisp exited in the 10th inning with a strained groin, and Céspedes left in the 11th with a left hand injury. We'll ask for updates on both from manager Bob Melvin later this morning.
This is the sort of scenario the A's were girding for when they assembled their five-man outfield. Chris Young will start in center field, his natural position, with Seth Smith making his second start of the season in left.
Here's the full lineup the A's will send out against Verlander:
And the Tigers' lineup against A's left-hander Brett Anderson:
Just in terms of today's game, it's bad timing for the A's to be without their two starting outfielders. Crisp and Céspedes are a combined 10-for-25 against Verlander, with Crisp accounting for eight hits in 22 at-bats. All other A's hitters are a combined 8-for-50 against Verlander.