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Crisp out of lineup but likely closer to return

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SEATTLE -- Coco Crisp wasn't in the A's starting lineup for a fourth straight game in Seattle on Friday, but he still managed to find his way onto the field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Mariners.

Crisp struck out in his first plate appearance since Sunday, but he will have plenty more tries Saturday, when he is expected back in the lineup six days after receiving a cortisone shot in his inflamed left wrist.

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SEATTLE -- Coco Crisp wasn't in the A's starting lineup for a fourth straight game in Seattle on Friday, but he still managed to find his way onto the field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Mariners.

Crisp struck out in his first plate appearance since Sunday, but he will have plenty more tries Saturday, when he is expected back in the lineup six days after receiving a cortisone shot in his inflamed left wrist.

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The veteran outfielder took batting practice on the field before the game, at which point it was decided he was cleared for game action.

Sam Fuld started in center for the A's in what may have been his last in green and gold, as he is expected to be designated for assignment when the A's activate Craig Gentry from the disabled list on Saturday.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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