Young to make first start for A's on Wednesday

Young to make first start for A's on Wednesday

OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin was well aware just how rare it was for him to be writing out the same lineup on consecutive days Tuesday.

"My pen was shaking today," he joked.

Melvin utilized identical lineups on back-to-back days just three times last season, and now he's already done it once just two days into the season, having posted the same batting order in the first two games against Seattle.

Game 3, however, will have a different flavor, with Chris Young expected to make his first start with the A's. Second baseman Scott Sizemore, catcher Derek Norris and first baseman Nate Freiman, who bat from the right side like Young, are expected to join him in the lineup against Mariners lefty Joe Saunders.

"You want them to get involved, don't want them sitting around too long," Melvin said. "Guys are used to playing every day coming out of spring. Especially for the role guys, guys that aren't starting all the time, whether it's just against righties or just against lefties, they need to get in there soon after spring's done."

Monday marked the first time since 2006 Young did not appear in an Opening Day starting lineup. He called it "weird, definitely different," but is on board with whatever plan Melvin has for him.

"I'm still kind of getting a feel for what my role here is," Young said Tuesday. "I can't even say for sure what that is. In Spring Training, I felt like there were four outfielders pretty much, and we were all rotating through, but now I'm not really sure how it's going to go.

"But Melvin and I talk a lot. He's really good about communicating with me and letting me know if I'm going to be in the lineup. This has definitely been a challenge, but I'm trying to make the best out of it, stay locked in."

Melvin remained mum on where Young would play Wednesday. Young wasn't even sure where that might be, but was simply happy knowing it wouldn't be near the bench.

"Normally the only time I'd be sitting on the bench is if I'm injured," Young said, "but it's a new year, so it's just about making the necessary adjustments and doing whatever I can to help this team."

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