"Someone had to hit there," Melvin said before the game. "He's excited about it. We'll see where we go. That just shows you what we miss when Coco's not there. That's one of the no-brainers, as far as the lineup goes, when Coco is there, that he will lead off. At this point, we're just trying to mix and match on a particular day."
• Prior to his Friday start, right-hander A.J. Griffin was singing in three different languages -- English, Spanish and French -- while playing his guitar in the A's clubhouse, with Yoenis Cespedes sitting beside him.
"It looked like he was serenading Cespedes to me," said Melvin, laughing.
Griffin eventually passed the guitar onto catcher John Jaso, who showcased some impressive musical talent.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.