MESA, Ariz. -- The A's won't exactly be easing into spring game action, readying instead to face the defending World Series champion Cubs on the road on Saturday (12:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio).
A's manager Bob Melvin wants many of his younger players to experience the hoopla that will accompany the expected festivities, even going so far as starting one of them, with Matt Chapman getting the nod at third base.
"That's one of the reasons a guy like Matt Chapman is in the lineup," Melvin said. "I want them to see what's going on over there tomorrow. It should be exciting."
"It's nice for some of the younger guys," Melvin said, "because you don't get that type of day typically in Spring Training.
"Just kind of elevates scenarios they haven't been in before. I'm guessing the World Series trophy will show up there, too. Just a lot of excitement, and Spring Training games you typically don't get that."