The national focus hasn't been trained on the A's much lately, but right-hander Brandon McCarthy is in the spotlight with his presence on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.
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Kurt Suzuki is one of the earliest to arrive each morning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The A's pitching rotation got a little deeper Tuesday with the announcement that right-handers Brandon McCarthy and Joey Devine signed one-year contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.
The A's signed left-handed pitcher Dallas Braden to a one-year deal Tuesday to avoid arbitration, the team announced in a press release Tuesday.