Willits is hitless in 10 at-bats with two walks, but he likes where his swing is in batting practice and hopes to break out with a productive performance against A's lefty Josh Outman. He was placed ninth in the order, behind Peter Bourjos.
"My swing feels awesome in BP from the right side," Willits, a switch-hitter, said. "I just have to translate that into a game and do what I can to contribute."
A natural center fielder, Willits is comfortable playing left alongside Bourjos, having done so last year.
"I have to approach playing the corners with the same mentality I have in center field," Willits said. "I have to go after everything. I'll take a look at where Pete is and adjust my route accordingly. He's pretty good at calling you off."