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Spring Game Thread #2: Oakland A’s vs. L.A. Angels

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Time for the Athletics Cactus League Home Opener! A’s vs Angels: First pitch at 12:05 Pacific Time.

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Daniel Gossett starts Sunday’s home opener at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.
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Spring baseball is back! I beg you to hold onto the feeling of renewal for as long as you can before you start begging for the regular season to get started.

The A’s welcome the division rival Angels at HoHoKam Stadium for Oakland’s spring home opener. First pitch is 12:05 PST/1:05 MST.

How to find this game on your television or radio

On television, you can watch it live through your MLB.TV subscription via the Fox Sports West broadcast featuring Angels broadcasters. Spring games are not subject to local blackout rules. On your cable/satellite television, you can catch an encore of the game at 8:00 PM Pacific on MLB Network.

On the radio, Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, and Ray Fosse will be on 95.7 the Game. To listen on the Internet requires a Gameday Audio or MLB.TV subscription. Weekday spring games will not be on 95.7, for the most part, and can be listened to for free as long as you create an MLB.com log-in.

Lineups

We’ll see Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis, Trevor Plouffe, and Josh Phegley make their spring debuts. The A’s also welcome back Andrew Lambo, returning from his testicular cancer scare that ended his season early last year. He’ll be today’s designated hitter.

The A’s are rearranging the spring rotation with Sonny Gray not pitching in the World Baseball Classic due to insurance complications. Daniel Gossett will start in place of Kendall Graveman, who goes to tomorrow with Sean Manaea moved from starting to pitching in relief on Monday, instead.

I’m interested in seeing Gossett’s stuff, though the Angels are not making their A-lineup travel from Tempe to Mesa. Mike Trout, Yunel Escobar, Kole Calhoun, Cameron Maybin, and Danny Espinosa are missing in action. Albert Pujols is still easing his way back from a foot injury.


Lineup

OAKLAND A'S L.A. ANGELS
1. Alejandro De Aza - CF 1. Andrelton Simmons - DH
2. Mark Canha - RF 2. Ben Revere - CF
3. Jed Lowrie - 2B 3. Cliff Pennington - 2B
4. Khris Davis - LF 4. Luis Valbuena - 3B
5. Trevor Plouffe - 3B 5. Jefry Marte - 1B
6. Yonder Alonso - 1B 6. Martin Maldonado - C
7. Josh Phegley - C 7. Eric Young, Jr. - LF
8. Andrew Lambo - DH 8. Ramon Flores - RF
9. Franklin Barreto - SS 9. Nolan Fontana - SS
P. Daniel Gossett - RHP P. Bud Norris - RHP

How I spent the offseason

I started a new job last October as an eviction defense attorney for a non-profit that provides free legal services for San Francisco’s elderly and disabled populations. It’s been rewarding hard work, and it hasn’t given me a lot of time to write in the offseason. Fortunately, I’m starting to get the hang of a good work-life balance as things that took a long while the first time become old hat.

What I have been doing in my spare time is figuring out how I’m going to spend the vacation time I’m accruing. What started as an idea for brief trip to Philadelphia to visit a friend out there and catch the A’s in September has since morphed into a 10-stadium 16-day road trip that will take me to Boston, the Bronx, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Miami, and Tampa.

I’ll have plenty more on that as the season goes on, but now let’s welcome the A’s back to HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., first pitch at 12:05 PT, 1:05 MT.