Spring Training Game Thread: A's vs. Giants

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to baseball!!! It’s finally happening!!!

While it’s not opening day yet, tonight’s game will certainly feel a lot like it. Opening day starter (and one of the last men standing in the Thunderdome that was the A’s pitching rotation) Sonny Gray will essentially be let loose — he should end up throwing upwards of 80 pitches. Sonny will lead what is essentially the A-team: literally all of the other presumed opening day starters will play tonight. In addition, Doolittle, Gregerson, and Johnson are scheduled to get innings. Basically, this is the first game of the spring that’s going to feel like real, high stakes baseball. I’m so excited.

The Giants, however, are taking this dress rehearsal of the regular season a little less seriously. Yusmeiro Petit, long reliever/organizational depth extraordinaire, will be starting for a lineup missing Posey, Sandoval, and Scutaro. Yes, Petit may have pitched an almost-perfect game, but that was decidedly from the Phillip Humber school of perfect games. Just a random occurrence from a really not-good pitcher. He has pitched closer to his major league track record this spring, however, and currently has a 7.88 ERA. He will not make the rotation, and has a very good chance of not making the major league team.

In other news, Kazmir is going to pitch tomorrow, so the triceps issue appears to be gone. Thank god. Cook and Gentry appear to be healthy, and should start appearing in games within the next few days as they rush to get ready for opening day. And, finally, you probably shouldn’t panic about the A’s rotation just yet.

This game will be televised (Giants announcers only, though. Boo, hiss) on CSN/, and as always will be on 95.7. Prepare yourself, this one’s gonna be good.

Also, Sonny Gray is going to bat. Get hyped.

Here are the lineups:

1. Coco Crisp CF
2. Josh Donaldson 3B
3. Jed Lowrie SS
4. Yoenis Cespedes LF
5. Brandon Moss 1B
6. Josh Reddick RF
7. John Jaso C
8. Nick Punto 2B
9. Sonny Gray RHP
1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Brandon Crawford SS
3. Brandon Belt 1B
4. Hunter Pence RF
5. Michael Morse LF
6. Hector Sanchez C
7. Joaquin Arias 3B
8. Ehire Adrianza 2B
9. Yusmeiro Petit RHP
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