10/5/2013 8:26 P.M. ET
Smith called on to DH in Game 2
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- A day after striking out 16 times in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, the A's rolled out a similar lineup against righty Justin Verlander for Game 2.
The only addition to Saturday evening's lineup was Seth Smith at designated hitter. Brandon Moss, who was the A's DH on Friday, moved to first base in place of Daric Barton, who moved to the bench.
Manager Bob Melvin said he targeted this change all along, noting Barton's defensive troubles on Friday did not play into his decision.
Smith is just 2-for-15 in his career against Verlander, but one of those hits is a home run, and he's also walked six times in 21 total plate appearances vs. the righty for a .381 on-base percentage.
He was part of an A's lineup that did well in running up Verlander's pitch count the last time they faced him, forcing him to throw 44 pitches to get through a two-run first inning, 104 in all to finish five innings on Aug. 28.
Smith hit .286 (4-for-14) in seven games against Detroit this year and is a career .321 hitter vs. the Tigers, with four home runs and nine RBIs in 19 games. He also went 14-for-38 over his final 19 regular-season games.
"He was swinging the bat well," said Melvin. "He has the most experience of getting at-bats and sitting for a while and still keeping himself ready to get an at-bats, whether it's once every three or four days or once a week."
ALDS travel will test A's in Game 3
OAKLAND -- Upon conclusion of Game 2 of the American League Division Series at the Coliseum on Saturday night, the A's and Tigers are in for a wacky schedule.
Both teams will board charter flights to Detroit immediately after the game and are slated to land in the Motor City shortly after 6 a.m. ET, if all goes according to plan. Then they'll sleep during the day, as much as they can anyway, rather than work out.
Their body clocks will be in for another surprise come Monday with a matinee on tap, airing on MLB Network at 10 a.m. PT.
"It's an interesting turnaround, one that's unique," said A's manager Bob Melvin on Saturday afternoon. "But there's not a problem with adrenaline postseason."
The A's typically don't hit on the field before day games, but Melvin noted "this is one where we do have to hit on the field to get used to the conditions."
Oakland's skipper isn't too worried these days about getting enough shut-eye.
"You sleep in the offseason," he said, smiling -- and believes he probably couldn't even if allowed.
"Sometimes you just can't sleep," said Melvin, who was up past 2 a.m. PT following Friday's loss.
"Especially after a loss, I won't watch any baseball stuff," he continued. "I'll watch TV and won't even know what I'm watching. I could watch TV for an hour and if you asked me what I was watching I couldn't tell you. Usually it's 'Friends' or 'Seinfeld,' mindless stuff like that. I do enjoy watching that stuff."