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May 14, 2013
A's, Rangers lineups: Cespedes feeling better, Crisp on track

OAKLAND -- In a break from their ordinary pre-game routine, many of the A's were on the field four hours before tonight's game participating in fundamental drills and pitcher fielding practice. It's a common sight on spring training fields in Arizona -- not so much in big-league stadiums during the season.

"Once every month, month and a half, I think it's good to do and just kind of refresh," manager Bob Melvin said. "(That's the case) whether it's bunt plays, whether it's just fielding your position, and whether or not we're not doing it as well as we would like -- which to this point has been the case."

Melvin said the pitchers in particular "haven't been great" fielding their position. "So we have to stay on top of it."

Here's the A's lineup for tonight's game against the Rangers and lefty Derek Holland. It includes Yoenis Cespedes, who left last night's game after throwing up between innings but said he's feeling better today:

SS Rosales
2B Lowrie
CF Cespedes
3B Donaldson
C Norris
DH Montz
LF Smith
1B Freiman
RF Taylor

And the Rangers' lineup against Bartolo Colon:

2B Kinsler
SS Andrus
DH Berkman
3B Beltre
RF Cruz
1B Moreland
C Soto
LF Murphy
CF Martin

* Updating the A's injury front: Center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) is still on track to return from the disabled list tomorrow for the series finale, Melvin said. Chris Young (quad) is heading to Oakland tomorrow and the A's will evaluate him, but Melvin said there's "probably not a good chance" Young will come off the DL tomorrow.

"I don't know that he feels like he's 100 percent on it," Melvin said. "Until we talk to him, not really sure, but if I'm handicapping it I would say probably not tomorrow."

Brett Anderson (ankle) threw a bullpen session and participated in PFPs before today's game. Melvin said he would wait to see how Anderson feels tomorrow morning before making a decision on what day to slot Anderson back into the rotation.

* Cespedes told a reporter in Spanish this afternoon his "stomach was all upside-down" when he came out of last night's game. Melvin cracked: "It was upside-down a couple times actually. In (the dugout) bathroom."

"So I've got to make sure that Purell dispenser has plenty of refills," Melvin said.

* After Cespedes left the game, Brandon Moss moved over to center field for the second time in his major-league career. Moss later said center is "not my best position. But it's not like putting me at catcher."

Melvin said he's comfortable playing Moss at an unfamiliar position because of Moss' athletic ability and how he has handled bouncing between first base and right field.

* Colon is 18-7 in his career against the Rangers. If he gets his 19th win tonight, he'll tie Bert Blyleven, Dennis Leonard and Jack Morris for the most wins all-time against Texas.

-- Matt Kawahara

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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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