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Scott Sizemore’s MRI gets pushed back to Monday

There’s still no further word on third baseman Scott Sizemore’s knee injury. The MRI that was originally thought to take place Saturday won’t happen until Monday, according to manager Bob Melvin. “It’s just tough to find a place where you know you’re going to find a good image,” Melvin said. The A’s want Sizemore to see a specialist rather than get an MRI at a hospital, which sometimes doesn’t provide as good of a read on an injury. Melvin talked with Sizemore on Saturday night. “He’s a little down, but we’re holding out hope for good news. If ever there was a time to have that happen, it’s early in camp so there’s time to recover.”

Not a whole lot else to report this morning. Outfield prospect Jermaine Mitchell, a player the A’s are high on but who is coming off knee surgery, told me earlier in camp that he’s full strength with no restrictions. But Melvin says he expects Mitchell to miss the first week of exhibitions.

Melvin added that he might name his opening day starter “in a couple days,” and it’s assumed that Brandon McCarthy will take that honor. If McCarthy were to pitch one of the A’s first two Cactus League games — Friday or Saturday against the Mariners — he would be on a nice pattern to start the March 28 opener in Tokyo, also against Seattle. That’s assuming he starts every fifth day in Cactus League play.

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A’s minor league update: Cunningham joins A’s, Copeland back with Giants

Here’s a brief look at what happened down on the farm for the A’s affiliates Thursday:

There were some more roster moves in Sacramento today as the RiverCats saw the A’s recall outfielder Aaron Cunningham and activate reliever Santiago Casilla. To replace them, the RiverCats added relievers Jerry Blevins and Jeff Gray, who were both sent down by the big club.

Also, the Ben Copeland experiment is officially over as the A’s sent their Rule 5 choice back to the Giants for $25,000, or half the original cost Oakland incurred in claiming the outfielder. Copeland will continue his rehabilitation stint with the Giants’ Single-A squad in San Jose.

SACRAMENTO (Triple-A)

Albuquerque (Dodgers) 11, RiverCats 2: Story l Boxscore

Gio Gonzalez struggled Thursday night for the Cats as he allowed eight runs (four earned) and walked five in just 2 1/3 innings. Gonzalez’s ERA ballooned to 4.44.

Daric Barton is now at .200 after going 1-for-3 with a double to boost his team-leading RBI total to 19. Adrian Cardenas went 0-for-2 while batting ninth and saw his average dip to .191.

MIDLAND (Double-A)

San Antonio (Padres) 4, RockHounds 3: Story l Boxscore

Anthony Recker went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs in the RockHounds’ 10-inning loss. Recker had half of the RockHounds’ six hits.

Kristian Bell had a promising start for Midland, going five innings and allowing just two runs in his best effort of the season.

Chris Carter is in a 1-for-14 slump after going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

STOCKTON (High Single-A)

Ports 6, Inland Empire (Dodgers) 3: Story l Boxscore

Jermaine Mitchell smacked a three-run triple in the eighth inning to provide the difference for the Ports.

Scott Hodsdon didn’t get the win but he did pitch well, going five innings and allowing just two earned runs and striking out six. Jon Hunton is now 6-for-6 in save opportunities after throwing two scoreless innings.

KANE COUNTY (Low Single-A)

Game 1: Burlington (Royals), 6, Cougars 3: Story l Boxscore

Game 2: Cougars 3, Burlington (Royals) 2: Story l Boxscore

Anthony Capra had one of his worst starts of the season, allowing 10 hits and five runs in five innings to take the Game 1 loss.

The Cougars got a doubleheader split, thanks to Jason Christian, who delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning for the winner in Game 2.

Dusty Coleman had a pair of doubles and an RBI in the win.

Brett Hunter allowed just one hit in his four innings, which also included five walks and three strikeouts. Kenny Smalley got the win with three scoreless innings.