McCarthy ready for the Opening Night stage

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McCarthy ready for the Opening Night stage

TOKYO, JAPAN Wednesday night Brandon McCarthy will take the mound for the first pitch of the 2012 baseball season. It will be on the worldwide stage with millions of people watching both home and in Japan.The moment does not seem to be putting any extra pressure on McCarthy at least outwardly. At Tuesdays workout, the right-hander seemed mellow and even introspective.My mental preparation is the same as if this was in the States or in the middle of July McCarthy said. Mentally its the same, just one pitch at a time. Its in a different location with different fans. But when you consider all that it becomes too much. Just keep it as simple as possible.Its been quite the trip for McCarthy, once a top-tier prospect. He came to Oakland last season after spending time in Chicago and Texas. He was the teams fifth starter a year ago. This year hes the ace.RELATED: Brandon McCarthy 2011 game logs
Bob Melvin named McCarthy the Opening Night starter as spring training arrived last month. Now the As manager expects him to be ready for the big moment at Tokyo Dome.If anyone we have insulates himself in his preparation its him, Melvin explained after Tuesdays press conference. Hes well prepared when he takes the mound, he knows exactly what he wants to do. He relies on his strengths and doesnt get too far out there.His first task is not an easy one. Not only will there be extra pressure due to the Japanese locale, but he takes the ball facing Ichiro Suzuki on his home turf. The crowd is expected to be raucous in favor of the Mariners due to Ichiros icon status here.Oh, and then theres Felix Hernandez as his counterpart for Seattle. Its not the simplest order for McCarthy. His teammates expect him to live up to the moment.We expect a lot out of him, hes out ace, Coco Crisp said. Tomorrow is going to be a battle of the aces, and he have to support him.Ichiro. King Felix. Tokyo Dome. Brandon McCarthy will need support from his team. But it does not seem like he needs the emotional kind.

Two former A's players designated for assignment by AL East teams

Two former A's players designated for assignment by AL East teams

Friday night was a bad night for a couple of former A's players.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Rangers, first baseman Chris Carter was designated for assignment by the Yankees.

New York called up first base prospect Tyler Austin.

In 57 games with the Yankees, Carter his eight homers and drove in 23 runs, but he his just .204 with 70 strikeouts.

Derek Norris, an All-Star with the A's in 2014, was designated for assignment by the Rays after they activated offseason acquisition Wilson Ramos from the 60-day DL.

Norris clubbed nine homers and drove in 24 runs, but hit .201 in 53 games with the Tampa Bay.

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A's lineup: Lowrie scratched, Barreto to make MLB debut vs White Sox

A's lineup: Lowrie scratched, Barreto to make MLB debut vs White Sox

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-White Sox coverage begins at 10:30am with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

Top prospect Franklin Barreto wasn't in the original lineup Saturday, but he was inserted to replace a scratched Jed Lowrie.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) DH
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
7. Franklin Barreto (R) 2B
8. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Daniel Gossett

Chicago White Sox:
1. Alen Hanson (S) CF
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
4. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Matt Davidson (R) DH
7. Tim Anderson (R) SS
8. Kevan Smith (R) C
9. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B
James Shields -- RHP