Coco Crisp is not in the A's starting lineup Saturday.
Crisp hasn't been playing against left-handers this season, recording just one at-bat against a southpaw this year. His splits don't indicate a huge disparity between handedness, but the A's have enough outfielders that Bob Melvin can afford to mix and match at this stage of the game. Crisp has been eased back in from his hamstring injury, so the extra rest is going to be a good thing anyway. He'll be available off the bench.ANALYST: Howard Bender
No word on whether this is related to his prior hamstring problem that kept him out of the lineup since last Sunday until he went 2 for 3 with a HR on Friday night. When Crisp is active, he is a must start with his power speed combo that he provides. Keep an eye on the injury reports to make certain this is just a day of rest after a night game.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Mike Pelfrey was demoted to the bullpen for the start of the season.
Pelfrey lost out to Tommy Milone for the fifth starter's job, but that hardly seems like a surprise. His move to the pen means that he's probably not even going to see much of a chance even if the Twins need a spot start as they can always bring back Trevor May who also looked better than Pelfrey. You can feel good about ignoring Pelfrey in all fantasy formats. Analysis: Howard Bender
Danny Santana will be the Twins Opening Day starting shortstop.
Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez were both being considered, but the job was really Santana's to lose. He picked up right where he left off last year, batting .341 (15-for-44), but he did strike out nine times to one walk. We don't expect him to post another .400-plus BABIP this year, so don't expect the batting average to stay as high as it was last season. Analysis: Howard Bender