I’ll update this later after Bob Melvin holds his pre-game interview session in about two and a half hours, but here’s today’s lineup, with Adam Rosales making his first career appearance in the leadoff spot:

Rosales SS, Smith LF, Lowrie 2B, Cespedes CF, Donaldson 3B, Norris C, Reddick RF, Freiman 1B, Montz DH. It’s CC Sabathia for the Yankees, thus the righty-heavy lineup.

I assume, therefore, that Chris Young still must not be available with that quad injury, because he is a right-handed hitter and he generally would be in the RH lineup. Young never has faced Sabathia.

UPDATE: Young did some running during batting practice and when he came off the field, he gave me a thumbs’ down signal, so I assume he isn’t available tonight. Tomorrow or Sunday seems more likely. I know the A’s aren’t going to rush anyone back from a quad strain, because those things can really be trouble if there is any recurrence.

Melvin said that he liked Rosales in the leadoff spot because he has been swinging the bat well (6 for his past 16) and Melvin didn’t want to move Lowrie out of the middle of the order, where he has been productive.

According to Melvin, Hiro Nakajima will play seven innings at Triple-A Sacramento tonight and he mostly will play shortstop while there, but Melvin couldn’t rule out some time at second base. Melvin also cannot rule out the possibility that Nakajima could remain at Sacramento past a rehab assignment; the team wants him to be confident and swinging the bat well and playing solid defense before they’d consider bringing him up.

Nakajima had a poor spring, there’s no doubt about that – the A’s need to know he’s ready to play in the big leagues. The belief is that in the lower-pressure environment of Triple-A, he can get better adjusted to the U.S. game and will not try too hard. I think the real key will be take-charge defense; he appeared tentative in the field during the spring and he won’t be successful like that in the big leagues.