The suspense is over: Trevor Cahill will start opening night for the A’s against the Seattle Mariners, manager Bob Geren just told reporters. He didn’t reveal the rest of the rotation, but as things currently set up, Cahill would be followed by Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden and the fifth starter, still expected to be Brandon McCarthy. Braden and McCarthy are both throwing tomorrow (Braden in a minor league game), so I suppose Geren could go McCarthy in the fourth slot and Braden fifth if he wanted to split up McCarthy and Cahill (his right-handed starters).
I have to agree with picking Cahill, given he was the A’s best starter last season, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA.
“He’s deserving,” Geren said. “He made the All-Star team last year. He led the team in wins. He had a great spring. The great thing for me is a lot of guys were deserving.”
It appeared Cahill was the guy Wednesday, when his next start was pushed back from Thursday to Saturday, putting him in line to pitch the April 1 opener. With the A’s off March 31, all of the starters will be pitching on at least one extra day of rest the first time through the rotation.
–First baseman Daric Barton is sitting out his second straight game while nursing an abductor muscle injury in one of his legs. Geren said it’s minor and that Barton is day to day.
Here’s the lineup vs. the Diamondbacks. This is the A’s first game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the new spring home for both Arizona and the Colorado Rockies. People are raving about this place, so I can’t wait to see it …