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Melvin gives newcomer Wells nod in left field


OAKLAND -- Four days after being acquired by the A's and three since he joined them, outfielder Casper Wells finally landed a start with his new club on Friday.

Wells, brought over from the Blue Jays for cash to bolster the outfield depth with Yoenis Cespedes hurt, started in left field and batted eighth vs. Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen, against whom he's 2-for-4 with a home run in his career.

The start marked Wells' first of the season. After remaining on the bench with Toronto, he was hitless in two pinch-hit at-bats for the A's prior to Friday.

"I'm trying to keep it simple, keep my thoughts to a minimum," Wells said. "This is like Opening Day for me. Just be relaxed and let your ability take over.

"Mentally, I feel like I'm ready and prepared for that opportunity to play. I knew I'd be playing baseball at some point, somewhere this year, so I prepared as such."

Said manager Bob Melvin: "We wanted to get him acclimated a little bit. Usually we like to get a guy in there fairly quickly when we make a deal. But based on the fact he hadn't played in a while, we wanted to get him comfortable and give him some good work on the field for a couple of days."

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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