A’s in Tempe

Not a ton of news today from the A’s camp, just a few tidbits. The A’s are in Tempe today to play the Angels, the team they’ll open the regular season with on April 6 in Anaheim. Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra are both starting, with OC at short and Nomar at third. Matt Holliday isn’t making the trip. Here’s the lineup:

Garciaparra 3B, Cabrera SS, Sweeney CF, Cust RF, Ellis DH, Suzuki C, Doolittle 1B, Denorfia LF, Petit 2B. Anderson is starting.

Eric Chavez said he is feeling better today.  He’ll continue to do some light, routine throwing before he picks up the intensity a bit on Wednesday. His plan is also to start hitting on Wednesday or Thursday.

A’s manager Bob Geren said Garciaparra over the course of the season will see time at third, shortstop, first and DH. He’ll play third “quite a bit” even if Chavez is 100 percent healthy, Geren said.

Second baseman Mark Ellis is still on track to get on the field and play some defense towards the end of the month, although Geren doesn’t yet have a specific date.

Another thing to keep and eye on today is the performance of starting pitcher Brett Anderson. With Justin Duchscherer likely to miss at least the first five games of the season, another spot in the rotation opens up. Geren wouldn’t say if he had three starters locked in to the rotation to start the season, adding that he likes the competition. But it would be a surprise not to see Dana Eveland, Dallas Braden and Sean Gallagher start games that first week.

Of course, Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Vin Mazzaro are just three of the young arms trying to impress. Gio Gonzalez, Jerome Williams and Josh Outman are also in the mix for those last two starter spots. Williams starts on Monday against the Dodgers.

Curtis Pashelka

  • jaybu

    I’ve been in Minnesota for the last 11 years. After living in the East Bay (w/ the exception of college) all my life. All I have to say is why in the flip can’t anyone get somthing settled for a new stadium in the east side of the the oil infested swamp called the Bay from all the tankers. The deal in Fremont which I spent ten years of my life s/b a done deal. It was near the useless drag strip which planes would take off or land over for years. It just goes to show you that the Giants rule in No-Cal Baseball dispite the the countless World Series, league and divisional championships and the tradition that the A’s set over the last 40 years which the Giant Organization from the StoneHamms, Lourids and Gals could only dream about. It’s just not right. Don’t tell me about the economy The city of Detroit built 2 facilities that opened w/i two that’s 2 yrs apart. This is DETROIT. As I’m listening to am860 which was not around when I lived in the area (what is that their 4th station in 6 yrs?—Giants rule the airways)..com’on you 10k attendance a game gamers get a pair and make A STATEMENT.

    From an A’s fan now living in Minnesota that went to the games loyaly even during the Finley years and I mean the good AND THE BAD WHEN IF YOU PAID FOR THE TICK YOU COULD GET A BETTER SEAT BEHING THE PLATE..EVEN IF IT WAS HAVING TO OPEN THE THIRD DECK SEATS. Oh yeah Wolf closed that off too. What is wrong hear.

  • I’ve been watching Doolittle the last couple of years for the Stockton Ports. This kid has a great glove at first. I hope he makes the team.