As expected the A’s will start RHP Graham Godfrey and he will be followed by LHP Tom Milone.
Today’s line up is expected to be similar to the one on opening day in Japan: Jemile Weeks 2B, Cliff Pennington SS, Coco Crisp CF, Manny Ramirez DH, Seth Smith LF, Josh Reddick RF, Kurt Suzuki C, Brandon Allen 1B and Josh Donaldson 3B.
Obviously Manny Ramirez will not be DH’ing on opening day and I expect Yoenis Cespedes to be some where in the lineup on March 28th as well.
There were a few things worth mentioning from yesterday’s intrasquad game:
- 2011 first round pick, Sonny Gray (RHP), pitched 1 shut out inning while allowing 1 hit and striking out 1 (Chris Carter)
- Ryan Cook (RHP), who was aquired in the Trevor Cahill trade, had 1 clean inning of work. Cook is one of the relief pitchers who will be vying for a bullpen spot come opening day
- Former top prospect and first baseman turned pitcher, Sean Doolittle (LHP), pitched 1 inning today. He allowed a triple and 1 unearned run
- Josh Donaldson (3B) had an error in his first Spring Training game at third today, but he also hit a 3-run homer off of Jim Miller (RP)
- Newly acquired Derek Norris (C) also hit a solo home run off Miller
In case you missed it: Fangraphs has ranked Oakland’s broadcasters, Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper, the 9th best TV broadcasters in baseball (out of 31).
They note that Ray Fosse had an “unanimous support among respondents” while Glen Kuiper had mixed results.