Brett Anderson to start opener for Oakland
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Announced as Oakland's opening-day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in the Athletics' 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The 25-year-old left-hander, 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts last year after he recovered from elbow surgery, will be opposed by Seattle's Felix Hernandez in the April 1 matchup at Oakland.
Anderson said manager Bob Melvin gave him the news a day earlier.
"It sounded like he wanted to hug, but I am not going to jump up and down and things like that," the pitcher said. "If he wants one I'll give him one, but I won't go out of my way."
Anderson struck out one and walked none in his first outing of spring training.
"I was healthy, so that is step one, whether I gave up eight runs or zero like I did today," Anderson said. "It was good to continue to get ground balls on early contact. I felt good and threw my pitches for strikes."
Melvin said Anderson's dedication during rehabilitation last year is an indication of what a No. 1 starter is about.
"Based on the guys that we have and how successfully he came back for us last year, we really feel like he's the man to lead the staff," Melvin said. "He worked hard to get back and put himself in a position to compete with us at a time of the season where there's no easing into things. You got to be good right away, and he was. Then he gets hurt (oblique) and we think he's done, and he works just as hard to get back and pitch in a playoff game."
In his first appearance for the Cubs after leaving Texas as a free agent, Scott Feldman gave up one run and two hits in two innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
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