San Francisco Giants return home to AT&T Park tonight to play the first of a three game exhibition series against the Oakland A’s at 7:15pm PT.
Mar 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcherTim Hudson
(17) pitches in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Hudson will take on his old team, The A’s, for the first time this season. Hudson finished the spring with a 3.72 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.
I was surprised to see the SF lineup look identical to what we can expect to see on Opening Day, although it’s doubtful the starters will stay in the whole game. It was rumored that Michael Morse was going to be bat second until Marco Scutaro returns but that doesn’t seem to be the case tonight. Pence will be batting second instead after Pagan, with Belt, Posey, Sandoval and then Morse following.
Scott Kazmir will start for the A’s today, he pitched the 2013 season with the Indians. He signed a two-year $22MM contact with the A’s back in early December. He holds a 4.16 ERA spanning nine seasons in the nine years he’s been in the big leagues. The Giants haven’t seen too much of him as you can see from the stats below.
Athletics 1. Crisp 2. Donaldson 3. Lowrie 4. Moss 5. Cespedes 6. Reddick 7. Norris 8. Sogard 9. Kazmir
Happy birthday to Buster Posey! He’s 27 years old today.