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Coco Crisp was a late scratch at leadoff on Saturday.

Melvin replaced Crisp with Chris Young in part for precautionary measures to protect him from a slick outfield saturated by the game's two-hour, one-minute rain delay.

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Coco Crisp was a late scratch at leadoff on Saturday.

Melvin replaced Crisp with Chris Young in part for precautionary measures to protect him from a slick outfield saturated by the game's two-hour, one-minute rain delay.

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"He was due for a day off, and then when it started raining ... just felt like this would be the day for him," Melvin said. "It's tough. Nobody wants a day off right now either. We try to schedule some periodic days off just to keep him fresh. Today ended up being that day."

Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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