Dallas Braden, Brett Anderson start A’s intrasquad game Tuesday

It was Photo Day at A’s camp this morning, where players have to show up early to the clubhouse, don their game uniforms and sit through numerous photo shoots. In general, they like this stuff about as much as a cat likes getting dumped in a bath tub, but they get through it. Not that they relish having us beat writers stick a notebook in their face every day. But this team is a pretty easygoing bunch, and they cooperate well with writers and photographers.

We’re getting closer to watching real baseball, which is always welcome at this point of spring training. Exhibitions start this week, and the A’s have posted their scheduled pitchers for the next few days …

Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson are set to start Tuesday’s intrasquad game at Phoenix Muni (12:30 p.m. start for those in the area). Also scheduled to pitch: Tyson Ross, Pedro Figueroa, Brad Ziegler, John Meloan, Fernando Hernandez and Fautino De Los Santos.

Gio Gonzalez and Matt Wright start Wednesday’s intrasquad affair, with Henry Rodriguez, Marcus McBeth, Sam Demel and Bobby Cassevah also going. No word on that start time, although 12:30 is a good bet.

Trevor Cahill takes the hill in Thursday’s Cactus League opener against the Cubs in Mesa with Clay Mortensen, Justin Souza and Jerry Blevins also slated. Ben Sheets starts Friday against the Brewers in Phoenix, followed by Vin Mazzaro, Andrew Bailey and Brad Ziegler. On Saturday, Braden starts against the Angels in Phoenix with Tyson Ross, Pedro Figueroa, Michael Wuertz and Blevins scheduled to follow.

All of this is subject to slight alteration, of course, because some guys aren’t able to get into their scheduled games on occasion.

It’s funny how I really look forward to each new stage of camp, just to break the monotony of the drills I’ve watched for the first 10 days or so. Right now the idea of an intrasquad game sounds pretty exciting, even though it’s basically just a controlled scrimmage. I’ll take it. …

And I’m watching baseball in Arizona every day. Can’t complain too much, right?

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich