It seems inevitable that Jed Lowrie will be the A's opening day shortstop, even if on Wednesday, when they closed up shop in Arizona with a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies, he was just another contender with Hiroyuki Nakajima.

Lowrie has played well on defense, hit over .300 and slammed three homers this spring in his bid to be the starter. He was the Houston Astros shortstop last year until being sidelined by an injury, and while the A's picked him up to be a utility infielder, he wants to play one position.

That position is shortstop.

"It's where I'm most comfortable, that's for sure," Lowrie said.
Nakajima singled in the 10th inning Tuesday to start a game-winning rally against Cleveland, but later in the inning he suffered a left hamstring strain while running the bases. It capped a miserable spring for Nakajima, who hit just .167.

Nakajima was hoping his injury was just a cramp, but he's not going to play against the Giants during the three-game Bay Area Series that begins Thursday night at AT&T Park, and he could wind up on the disabled list.

Nakajima indicated he was feeling better Wednesday, but playing in the Cactus League finale against the Rockies was out of the question.

"Until he sees the doctors, I won't make any predictions about when he'll play," manager Bob Melvin said. "But he most likely won't play in the Giants series and it could be longer than that."
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