CLEVELAND — Coco Crisp returned to the A's starting lineup Friday with the club starting a three-game weekend series in Cleveland.

Crisp hurt his neck and spine hitting the wall while making a catch in the first game of a doubleheader against Seattle on May 7. He'd missed seven games since, with the A's having gone 6-1 in those seven games.

The A's depth helped cover for Crisp when he was out. John Jaso and Craig Gentry divided the starts while Crisp was sidelined and went a combined 12-for-30 (.400) with two doubles, three homers three walks, nine runs scored and four RBIs.

Oakland will have new addition Kyle Blanks in uniform Friday night, although the first baseman/outfielder is not in the starting lineup. The A's acquired him in a trade from San Diego on Thursday and he'll get most of his work against left-handed starting pitchers and as a pinch-hitter.

Cleveland is starting three right-handers this weekend, so Blanks likely will have to wait for his first start with Oakland.

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