McCarthy gets nod to start opening day for A’s

PHOENIX (AP)—The Oakland Athletics accept their aperture day starter, and it’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Manager Bob Melvin fabricated the advertisement Tuesday, adage McCarthy was an simple best based on endure year’s after-effects and trades that larboard the aggregation afterwards All-Stars Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill.

The A’s accessible their division in Japan on March 28. Bartolo Colon gets the alarm to alpha the additional bold the afterward day.

“He was a accustomed aces afterwards endure year and with the pitchers we concluded up trading away,” Melvin said of McCarthy. “He’s been focused this bounce alive he has to get accessible a little earlier. He looks like he’s in midseason form.”

McCarthy had a career top in wins, starts, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts endure season. He was 9-9 with 5 complete amateur in 25 starts, and had 123 strikeouts in 170 2-3 innings.

McCarthy aswell recorded a 4.92 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the accomplished by an A’s bullpen aback 1901. He absolved 25 batters.

“He’s so precise, so focused, that sometimes he doesn’t anticipate about throwing a brawl for effect,” Melvin said. “He doesn’t change the eye level. The beneath guys you put on base, the beneath opportunities they accept to score.”

McCarthy, who active with the A’s as a chargeless abettor afterwards spending 2010 in the minors, did not hit a concoction endure season.

“I apperceive what it takes to get accessible for a season,” McCarthy said. “If you are mentally ready, about you plan is the appropriate path. I feel adequate and am what area I wish to be.”

McCarthy’s wife, Amanada, aswell bidding her animosity in a tweet: “Last year angry for a atom this year aperture day guy. So awfully appreciative of my husband! Accessible to get my cheerleader on!”

Colon, active as a chargeless abettor in January, is a 14-year adept with 161 career wins.

“He’s a calm guy, a calm thinker and just goes about his business,” Melvin said. “His mechanics, to me, absolutely angle out. He may not be one of the a lot of articulate guys but if he gets on the bank he knows what works for him. He can apprehend hitters well.”

Notes: A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki on blow third baseman Scott Sizemore (torn ACL in larboard knee) for the season: “There’s annihilation you can say to accomplish him feel better. You just try to be a acceptable acquaintance and a acceptable teammate. He was so committed and so aflame for the season, and such a aberration accident, it sucks.” … RHP Brad Peacock acquainted some aback acerbity Monday and was accustomed a day off. He’ll bandy to hitters one added time afore getting acclimated in a game. … The A’s appointed a four-inning flat for Thursday at Phoenix Muni.
by nbasportnews | 2012-02-29 18:53 | mlb score
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