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April 13, 2013
Crisp, Cespedes not in lineup today vs. Verlander

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:

DH Jaso

CF Young

RF Reddick

1B Moss

LF Smith

3B Donaldson

2B Sogard

C Norris

SS Parrino

And the Tigers' lineup against A's left-hander Brett Anderson:

CF Jackson

RF Hunter

3B Cabrera

1B Fielder

DH Martinez

LF Tuiasosopo

SS Peralta

2B Infante

C Pena

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.

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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