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Jake Smolinski to get good look for A’s backup center field job

Jake Smolinski to get good look for A’s backup center field job

MESA, Ariz. - Oakland's Cactus League opener is Friday, and the lineup is set, with No. 3 starter candidate Daniel Mengden on the mound and numerous regulars on the field. Manager Bob Melvin said Thursday at Fitch Park that Bruce Maxwell will catch, with Matt Olson at first base, Franklin Barreto at second, Marcus Semien at shortstop, Renato Núñez at third, Chad Pinder in left, Jake Smolinski in center and Stephen Piscotty in right. Matt Joyce will DH. Núñez is out of options, so is an interesting case this spring.

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