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April 01, 2013
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April 01, 2013

3 Oakland Athletics

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB K
CF COCO CRISP
S-R .263 .326 .401 10 52 45 67
2B JED LOWRIE
S-R .251 .330 .434 17 52 1 80
RF JOSH REDDICK
L-R .251 .313 .464 26 76 8 123
LF YOENIS CESPEDES
R-R .279 .338 .486 22 80 21 87
1B BRANDON MOSS
L-R .278 .355 .531 24 73 4 112
DH CHRIS YOUNG
R-R .241 .330 .445 19 60 16 110
3B JOSH DONALDSON
R-R .256 .322 .413 16 64 8 112
C JOHN JASO
L-R .267 .375 .434 9 49 3 48
SS HIROYUKI NAKAJIMA (R)
R-R .257 .308 .377 14 57 15 112
BENCH
2B SCOTT SIZEMORE
R-R .242 .335 .389 8 42 3 88
OF SETH SMITH
L-L .259 .341 .449 15 54 4 92

Enemy Lines

A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE A'S

Last year the A's overcame any obstacle or injury, and they're even deeper this year. Yoenis Cespedes is Willie Mays. Incredible bat speed—the ball sounds so much different coming off his bat. I was so impressed by what he did last year: new culture, new country, no minor league ball. I'm calling 40 homers and 30 steals.... You keep wondering when the league will make adjustments to Josh Reddick, especially since he never drives it out to leftfield.... You have to give batting coach Chili Davis credit for the advancement of these hitters. Take Brandon Moss—he used to have a closed stance and didn't get a good look at the ball. Davis got him to open up, and he hit 21 homers in half a season.... Everyone said Hiroyuki Nakajima was an offensive shortstop and a marginal defender. This spring he's been strong defensively, but he's a little behind on the fastball. Japan is a breaking-ball league, and it can be tough to make the adjustment.... They want to get Jed Lowrie 500 at bats, which means he'll have to play all over the infield. One concern is his lack of range. When he plays short for an extended period, he gets exposed.... Tommy Milone can be a Tom Glavine. He's not going to overwhelm you with stuff, but he wears hitters out.... Of all their young starters, I like Jarrod Parker best. He has star potential.... Their bullpen is ridiculous, one of the best. If Grant Balfour isn't healthy enough to close, they have Ryan Cook. They have Sean Doolittle throwing 96, 97 mph. Jerry Blevins, Pat Neshek, Chris Resop—all nasty.

The Lineup

2013 Projected Statistics

MANAGER BOB MELVIN

Third season with the Athletics

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

NEW ACQUISITION (R) ROOKIE

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