Spring Training Game Thread #24: A's vs. White Sox

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And a good day to you, fellow ANers! I thought the best way to start my writing career here at AN would be with a grammatically incorrect "sentence" just to set the expectations at level "low" to coincide with our 2017 club. Fantastic!

We have reached the spring training equivalent of the "dog days of summer," meaning nearly everyone is itching to get the regular season underway. Andrew Triggs will take the hill for another spring audition for the 5th spot in the A's rotation to face the Pale Hose at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. Here is what the lineup will look like behind him:

1. R. Davis CF

2. Joyce RF

3. Healy 1B

4. K. Davis LF

5. Vogt C

6. Lowrie 2B

7. Canha DH

8. Chapman 3B

9. Rosales SS

At this point in the spring, the roster is starting to take shape, and one would not have to squint to see the first six in the order as being in the Opening Day starting lineup. It's particularly nice to see Ryon Healy getting the nod at first, as he has really been cooking with bacon grease at the dish (1.153 OPS in 36 ABs) and looks to get some more work in defensively at the corner where he is most likely to see playing time. Matt Chapman once again gets the start at the hot corner, looking to bounce back after going 0-5 with 3 K's in yesterday's game vs. Seattle.

Also scheduled to get some work on the mound today are Ryan Madson, Jairo Garcia ahem, I mean, Santiago Casilla, and Frankie Montas. Montas, a somewhat darkhorse candidate to make the Opening Day roster out of the bullpen, will look to solidify that spot with another strong showing. Starting today for the South Siders:

1. May CF

2.Anderson SS

3. M. Cabrera LF

4. Asche DH

5. Delmonico 3B

6. Hayes 1B

7. Sanchez 2B

8. Liriano RF

9. Narvaez C

Miguel Gonzalez will start the game on the bump for Chicago, marking his first start since re-joining the Sox after a stint with Mexico in the WBC. He was touched up by Puerto Rico for 4 runs in 4 innings in his only action in the WBC. Also, Chicago just announced they've locked up shortstop Tim Anderson through his arbitration years with a 6 year/$25M deal. Oh, to be young and athletic.

In positive A's injury news, Sonny Gray has been cleared to resume throwing, and looks to return to the A's rotation by mid April! Good luck to Sonny and I look forward to seeing him out throwing rocks sooner rather than later!

First pitch from Glendale is at 1:05.