Friday and the A’s
Friday, March 14, 2008
Ramirez, 2B; Cabrera, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Swisher, CF; Dye, RF; Fields, 3B; Quentin, LF; Hall, C. Contreras pitching. Also throwing for the Sox … Matt Thornton, Bobby Jenks and D.J. Carrasco.
Early this morning, the decision was made to have Mark Buehrle skip tomorrow’s start against the Cubs. He’s scheduled to throw again against the road-weary Dodgers on the 20th in Phoenix. Nick Masset takes his spot tomorrow.
Before anyone overreacts, the plan was to have Mark skip a start this spring. As the thinking goes, what’s more important, innings now or innings in September?
Bringing us to the other news from this morning. After discussing options internally, Ozzie Guillen is now leaning toward having Buehrle pitch on Opening Day at Cleveland, followed by Vazquez, Danks, Contreras and Floyd. The main reason: matchups. Ozzie likes Buehrle against the Indians and Floyd has had success against the Tigers. This way, Javier will throw the home opener.
Of course, this is all subject to change as Opening Day approaches.