Just talked with Josh Outman, who started today’s Cactus League opener against the Brewers and hardly broke a sweat. He went two innings and gave up just one hit, his only base runner, with one strikeout. “It felt great,” Outman said. “I don’t think I could have asked for a better first outing.” Gio Gonzalez, also a major player for the No. 5 starting spot, followed with two innings and surrendered an opposite-field homer to Corey Hart. He gave up two hits with a strikeout and no walks.
We’re in the eighth inning, 3-1 A’s. The offensive highlights: A solo homer from Bobby Crosby and a two-run shot from leadoff man Travis Buck.