Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie (both suffering from neck strains) will make their returns to the Oakland A’s (30-16) starting lineup for today’s game, as the A’s go for the sweep and their sixth straight win. It was announced by Oakland’s Twitter account, that Crisp and Lowrie were re-inserted into the starting lineup, with Crisp batting leadoff and Lowrie batting sixth.
After crashing into the outfield wall making a spectacular catch in the first game of a doubleheader against the Mariners on May 7, Crisp had missed seven games, then returned for the series against the Indians that began on the 16th, but was forced to exit Sunday’s game early with the strain.
Melvin put Crisp in at the end of last night’s 3-2 win after pinch hitting John Jaso for Kyle Blanks, so it was safe to assume he was good to go. Lowrie on the other hand, hadn’t played since Saturday with his strain.
Since 2011, Crisp has gone 10 for 31 at the Trop, while Lowrie went 4 for 9 in St. Pete in 2013.
The return of the two could come at a perfect time since last season Lowrie went 5 for 7 (one double and an RBI) and Crisp went 5 for 8 (a double, two home runs and three RBI) against Rays’ pitcher Alex Cobb, who will make the day game start for Tampa Bay (19-28).