OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes spent 72 days in the cleanup spot last year, but Oakland's left fielder hit fifth for the club's season opener Monday night.
"It depends on how many lefties we have, and with the two righties, we like to spread them out a little bit," explained manager Bob Melvin. "It kind of insulates Moss a little bit, too, and then we have four lefties in a row, 6, 7, 8, 9. So depending on what they have in their bullpen, you take a look at that, too."
Moss was one of Oakland's hottest hitters this spring, hitting .364 with a team-high four homers and 14 RBIs in 16 games. Cespedes, meanwhile, finished at .167, collecting just one homer while toying with a shorter swing.
The Cuban slugger has since returned to his old swing, which produced a .240/.294/.442 line last year, with what he hopes is an improved approach.