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A’s rotation set; Outman in, Gallagher out

The A’s waited until the last possible moment here in Arizona to drop some concrete news regarding their rotation.

After today’s 8-8 tie against the Chicago Cubs, Bob Geren unveiled his starting five: Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill, Dana Eveland, Brett Anderson, Josh Outman, in that order.

We knew for a while the 21-year-old duo of Anderson and Cahill looked pretty solid for the rotation. The big news here is Outman’s inclusion in the No. 5 spot over Gallagher. Outman, who gets the April 10 home opener vs. Seattle, pitched very well yesterday in a start against the Royals, and that probably sealed it for him. Gallagher, who the A’s envisioned as an instrumental part of their rotation when they acquired him from the Cubs last season, is still a long relief candidate, Geren said.

More details in tomorrow’s paper …

Joe Stiglich