Melvin said the lineup he trotted out for Thursday's game against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum could "potentially" be the same one he writes out for Monday's Opening Night contest vs. Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
If so, it will read like this (the inclusion of a designated hitter, not used Thursday, is reflected): Coco Crisp CF, Lowrie SS, Josh Reddick RF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Brandon Moss 1B, Seth Smith DH, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jaso C, Eric Sogard 2B.
Cespedes' home run Thursday was his fifth in his last nine games.
"That's what he does, drives in runs," Melvin said."Not a surprise."
Minor Leaguers Scott Moore and Conner Crumbliss are with the A's in the Bay Area for the three-game set against the Giants. The versatile players give Melvin extra options in the late innings while the club partakes in National League-style play in San Francisco.
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