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A’s select 23-year-old Trevor Cahill as Opening Day starter

Mar 24, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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Oakland waited longer than most teams to name an Opening Day starter, but today manager Bob Geren announced that Trevor Cahill will get the Game 1 assignment.

After a so-so rookie season Cahill went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA as a 22-year-old sophomore, so giving him the Opening Day nod was a relatively easy call even if a 118/63 K/BB ratio in 197 innings suggests he was probably pitching over his head a bit in 2010.

Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden will follow Cahill in the rotation, although the exact order isn’t set yet, and Brandon McCarthy appears to have the inside track on the No. 5 spot after finally getting healthy.

  1. Utley's Hair - Mar 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I don’t recall seeing an announcement about the Phightins, though I may have missed it. Who will it be? Big Joe? After all, wouldn’t he have to be the one, so the Fat Joe and the Terror Squad monniker would be accurate?

  2. apbaguy - Mar 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Key consideration in Cahill’s selection was the overwhelming need of the fans to hear “White Rabbit” over the stadium p.a. on opening day. So much more acceptance for this than Braden’s “Welcome to Stockton.”

  3. shawnuel - Mar 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    If Anderson can stay healthy the whole year, maybe he’ll finally get the opening day (2012) nod he deserves as the best starter on that staff. However, a Gio Gonzales who gets his BB/9 well under 3 would have something to say about that.

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