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Spring Training Game Thread #5: Oakland A's vs Angels

Kick their ass, C-Bass!
Kick their ass, C-Bass!
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On Friday, the undefeated A's knocked off the undefeated D'Backs. Now, they take on the undefeated Angels. Still awaiting word on who has actually lost games this spring, other than the Giants.

There is a radio broadcast today, so tune in to 95.7 to follow along on audio.

Coco is making his first start of the spring, and he's playing in left field (Sam Fuld is in center). Josh Phegley and Mark Canha are in there again after big performances on Friday, and we get a look at Alex Hassan in the outfield as well. Chris Bassitt makes the start.

The Angels counter with a guy named Featherston and the literal Josh Rutledge, who is the top second baseman on the team's depth chart. Rutledge managed an 83 OPS+ in 266 career games for the Rockies, because not even Coors Field could turn him into an MLB hitter. His defensive numbers would make Jed Lowrie blush and his career has been worth negative-1.7 bWAR. Remember, they had Howie Kendrick but traded him for a pitching prospect -- a good deal on its surface, one year of Kendrick for six years of a pitcher, but not good in the context of a win-now season. Cause now they have Josh Rutledge. The Angels left the starting pitcher off their Twitter lineup, presumably because they still haven't signed anyone to start today.

Also, there is a special guest in camp. Former Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is in camp, and he'll coach first base for a few innings today.


Let's Go A's! Keep the undefeated Cactus League going!