News of Day: When the Athletics open the 2012 season in Tokyo, it'll be Brandon McCarthy on the mound."I thought it was natural based on what he accomplished last year," A's man
Scene Setter: There are a lot of red, swollen eyes this morning at Papago Park.
PHOENIX -- "There was no bigger obstacle than Mark Ellis," Bob Melvin told me with a smile, recalling Jemile Weeks' road to the big leagues last season.
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