What to wach for: Mariners vs. A's
It's Opening Day
The wait is over. The Oakland Athletics will begin their American League West title defense on Monday against the Mariners. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson will take mound in front of a sold out crowd. He will be the eighth different pitcher to pitch for Oakland in their last eight openers. A's manager Bob Melvin said he is eager to see the support from the fans. "Our fans only know one way," Melvin said. "They're a very passionate fan base. When they come out in full force it's unlike any other." -- Casey Pratt
2013 Bash Bros.
Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes will start the season batting next to each other in the A's lineup. Reddick, who hit 32 homers last season, will be batting third. Cespedes, who hit 23, will be batting fourth. Cespedes led the A's with six home runs and 15 RBI this spring. Reddick was second on the team with 14 RBI. -- Casey Pratt
King of Kings
For the first time in Athletics history, the A's will be opening the season against the same team four years in a row. For four consecutive seasons the A's have had to oppose Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. The A's have lost on Opening Day eight years in a row. Hernandez has been a big reason why the A's can't win the opener. He is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA vs. the A's on the first day of the season. -- Casey Pratt
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game in 2012. The newest A's catcher, John Jaso, caught that game. While Oakland has seen a lot of Hernandez, Jaso may be able to provide valuable intelligence for the A's coaching staff and hitters. Jaso caught 43 games for the Mariners last season and is familiar with their pitchers. -- Casey Pratt