The Athletics wins 3-2 against the Dodgers. Luke Carlin hits the game winner single. Pitcher Sonny Gray throws three scoreless innings. Coach Melvin:
Some of these guys are coming over from mini-camp, they’re getting a chance to play in these games and have a say in the finish of it.
Zobrist talks about his role on the team and what he expects for the 2015 season.
It was a little bit of a shock at first, being traded after being there for so long, it felt like a family and stuff. That was hard for the first few days. It was really touching, some of the things they wrote in the paper. And we’ve heard from a lot of people, a lot of fans that appreciated the way I played the game there. Frankly, the area was just really good to us, the people there and the team and everything. I’ll always look back on that as a special time. But this is a new chapter in our baseball life, and we’re enjoying that now.
Gray will be the opening night starter against the Texas Rangers for second consecutive year. Coach Melvin:
I do have a big announcement today. You guys may want to sit down…It was a matter of letting [Gray] know for sure. But I mean, he’s made for this. It’s who he is. He’s extremely competitive. He’s talented. He loves the spotlight games. If anyone was made for it, it was him.
Zito helps the A’s beat the Brewers 5-2. The pitcher allows one hit, throws four scoreless innings for the team.
I felt great, just throwing strikes, attacking the zone.
On his chances of entering the team based on other players’ injuries:
I know people have said things like that, but I don’t know. I’ve got an A’s uni on right now, I’ve just got to stay in the present moment, give it my all to the team every time.