Cowgill gets second straight start

Cowgill gets second straight start

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Less than 24 hours after making his first start for the Oakland A's, outfielder Collin Cowgill was back in the starting lineup Wednesday afternoon for the finale of a three-game series against Kansas City.

Cowgill started in right field on Tuesday night for Josh Reddick, and he started in left on Wednesday, giving Coco Crisp a day off.

Cowgill, acquired from Arizona in an offseason trade, went 0-for-1 with two walks in his starting debut.

"Obviously what you want to do is play, so anytime you get one, two, however many you can, it's nice," Cowgill said. "I'm fortunate to be in there yesterday and today, and [I'm] looking forward to getting a 'W' today."

Cowgill hit a team-best .396 during Spring Training, and he welcomed the chance to make a good impression in back-to-back regular-season games. The key for a backup with limited playing time, Cowgill said, is to stay relaxed.

"The worst thing you can do is try to put pressure on yourself," Cowgill said. "Just go out there and try to play like you play every day. I've found if you come to the park and prepare the same way every day, it's not a surprise when you're in the lineup. That's a big factor in being comfortable in this role. Just prepare every day like you're going to play, and the day's you play, it's all the same."