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Oakland A's news: Rich Hill and Sean Manaea on the mound Thursday

News and notes from the Oakland Athletics as spring training continues, including new podcasts; features on Rich Hill, Dillon Overton, and Danny Valencia; and the recaps from the Bay Area beat writers.

Rich Hill starts for the A's in Thursday's game against the Dodgers.
Rich Hill starts for the A's in Thursday's game against the Dodgers.
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Nobody's been seriously injured at spring training, hooray! Mark Canha apparently got through his drills fine and could be in games this weekend.

Thursday's game against the Dodgers features a start from Rich Hill followed by Sean Manaea, Ryan Madson, John Axford, Ryan Dull, and Angel Castro. On Friday, the A's pitch Chris Bassitt, Raul Alcantara, Fernando Rodriguez, Marc Rzepczynski, and Taylor Thompson against the Cincinnati Reds.

We're just 25 days away from Opening Night, started by Sonny Gray.

New podcasts!

Taking Effect with Ken Korach |
A's lead radio broadcaster Ken Korach has a new podcast that's running in the same iTunes subscription feed as the one Jane Lee does weekly. Ken's first guest is A's general manager David Forst. The podcast was recorded before the A's first spring game.

The A's Insider Podcast with Joe Stiglich | CSN Bay Area
Joe Stiglich has also started a podcast, and his first guest is new A's bench coach and former A's outfielder Mark Kotsay.


The incredible comeback of Rich Hill | FOX Sports (Ken Rosenthal)
Fighting through surgeries and tragedy, Rich Hill is getting another major-league chance.

Overton hopes long road back from surgery ends in Oakland | Bay Area News Group
John Hickey profiles Dillon Overton, our #10 community prospect, and his long road back from "Tommy John-style ligament replacement surgery in his left arm."

Danny Valencia may be everyday player with A's |
Valencia may have a chance to get what he's really not gotten before, an everyday position.

News and notes from Wednesday

Not a shock: Sonny Gray to start for A’s on Opening Night | San Francisco Chronicle
" 'I still haven't told him,' [Bob] Melvin said. 'I just assume he knows. It's been a foregone conclusion." " - The manager on Sonny Gray starting Opening Night.

Sonny Gray, A's opening night starter, works on fastball against White Sox | Bay Area News Group
Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray will be the opening night starter for the third year in a row.

Sonny Gray to be A's Opening Day starter |
Sonny Gray threw over 40 pitches in his three-inning start against the Chicago White Sox, 35 of them for fastballs.

In case you missed it at Athletics Nation

Spring game #8: Sonny shines against the south siders; Offense comes alive in 12-3 slugfest
Our recap in Oakland's big win over the White Sox.

Oakland A's injury update: Mark Canha, Stephen Vogt close to full returns
The Athletics are so far meeting the number one goal of spring training: No new serious injuries. Here's an injury update and a quick look around the AL West.

Oakland A's trying their own King's Court for Sonny Gray with him named as opening night starter
You can support Sonny Gray as a Sonny Sider on Opening Night, but can the A's event staff make a special cheering section for their ace work as well as the King's Court or Keuchel's Korner?

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