Just a quick update on the happenings at A’s-Cubs exhibition opener:
Trevor Cahill started for A’s and went two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, including Derrek Lee’s solo homer to left-center in the first. Surprisingly, Cahill said he was more nervous for this outing than he was for his spring debut as a rookie in ’09. If it’s because he’s in a battle for No. 5 starter’s spot, Cahill wasn’t letting on. He just said he hasn’t gotten to face hitters much in workouts before today.
Cahill is trying to incorporate a slower curve into his repertoire, to go along with his slider as a second breaking ball. He gave up Lee’s homer on a changeup and said he doesn’t have the feel of that pitch yet this spring.
Whatever he’s throwing, Cahill needs to stay away from the long ball, which was his problem area last year. … Not that this outing is going to carry all that much weight. Cahill will get plenty of mound time this spring.
Clayton Mortensen gave up a homer to the Cubbies’ Marlon Byrd in the fourth. Newly acquired infielder Adam Rosales homered in the fifth for the A’s first run — and hit — of the spring. Chicago leads 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth …