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Sep 11, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (4) is congratulated by second baseman Cliff Pennington (2) after scoring on a fielding error after a triple in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. The Athletics defeated the Angels 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Crisp Returns as A's Come Home to Face Mariners: Preview, Lineups

The A’s return home to the O.Co Coliseum for their final two series of the season against the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. The final three games against Texas will be huge, but the A’s cannot overlook the Mariners, who are in town tonight.

AJ Griffin (6-1, 2.80 ERA) takes the mound for Oakland tonight. After starting the season 6-0, Griffin has struggled in his last two starts and was hit pretty hard by the Yankees last week. He faces Blake Beavan (10-10, 4.64 ERA), a young pitcher with plenty of potential in Seattle.

Oakland trails Texas by four games in the AL West, but is currently two games up on the Angels in the wild card. MLB.com’s postseason probability statistic gives the A’s an 81.2% chance of claiming a wild card spot, but just a 4.5% chance of winning the division.

Coco Returns

After missing nine games with a pink-eye infection, outfielder Coco Crisp is back in the A’s lineup tonight and will bat leadoff. Here are the rest of the lineups:

A’s
1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Stephen Drew (L) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
5. Josh Reddick (L) RF
6. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
7. Seth Smith (L) DH
8. George Kottaras (L) C
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B

Mariners
1. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
2. Casper Wells (R) RF
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. Jesus Montero (R) DH
5. John Jaso (L) C
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
7. Michael Saunders (L) CF
8. Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

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