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Pregame updates for Oakland A’s exhibition opener

The A’s play their exhibition opener today against the Cubs, with first pitch a little less than three hours away. I didn’t really detect a different mood in the clubhouse compared to past days. I’ve got to think the young guys — especially those in their first major league camp — have a few butterflies. The veterans probably take things more in stride, although many of them aren’t even making the trip to Mesa. No changes in the A’s lineup from the one I tweeted yesterday:

Rajai LF
Barton 1B
Sweeney RF
Fox 3B
Gross CF
Rosales 2B
Powell C
Pennington SS
Cahill P

A couple other tidbits:

–Joey Devine threw a 30-pitch bullpen yesterday and it went well. Significantly, he threw breaking balls and his elbow felt fine. He thinks he could face hitters this weekend. Could this put him on pace for the start of the season? Tough to tell …

–Jason Jennings, signed on Sunday, threw live BP to hitters yesterday and said he’ll throw in a simulated game tomorrow. Manager Bob Geren said the right-hander will appear in a Cactus League game in about a week. I think the A’s are curious to see what this guy’s got, either as a bullpen candidate or a fill-in starter if Justin Duchscherer isn’t ready by the start of the season.

Speaking of Duchscherer, Geren says things continue to go well in his throwing program. No concrete word on when he’ll throw off the mound.

Remember, you can hear today’s game in the Bay Area on KTRB 860. It’s a noon start (1 p.m. AZ time).

And in my shameless plug for the day, I’ll mention that you can follow me at twitter.com/joestiglich. Thanks to those of you who already are …

Joe Stiglich