Josh Reddick led the A's in home runs (32) and strikeouts (151) last season. He said he would often try to hit a home run with two strikes.
Brandon Moss was a big surprise for the A's last year. He hit 21 homers in just 84 games while platooning at first base.
Associated Press file 2012
Chris Young will see plenty of action this season platooning in the outfield or filling the designated-hitter spot in Oakland's lineup.
A's catcher John Jaso blocks a pitch Thursday. Jaso will be catching new candidates for the closer role in case Grant Balfour isn't ready. Balfour had knee surgery Thursday.
Brett Anderson faced just two hitters before being injured covering third base on Sunday.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press Oakland's Jarrod Parker pitched two shutout innings in his first start since Game 5 of the American League Division Series.