--RHP Brandon McCarthy was flipped from the fifth spot in the rotation to the fourth on Monday without any explanation provided on the team's off day. It's presumed that the A's wanted to split up their right-handed starters, McCarthy, who now works Tuesday, and Trevor Cahill, who will pitch Thursday against Toronto. McCarthy went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA this spring, and he struck out 20 and walked one in 26 innings.
--LHP Dallas Braden will pitch Wednesday rather than Tuesday at Toronto after the A's announced a rotation change on their off day Monday. No explanation was given, but it's likely the team wanted to split up right-handed starters McCarthy and Trevor Cahill, who is scheduled to pitch Thursday.
--DH Hideki Matsui has 2,501 hits in his combined Japanese and major league pro career, and he remains seven shy of 500 homers, combined between the Yomiuri Giants and the big leagues. Matsui had his first two hits and his first RBI with his new team Sunday.
--INF Adam Rosales will get his surgically repaired right foot checked on April 14, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosales, who is on the 60-day disabled list, is expected to return to the A's in late May.
--LHP Jerry Blevins worked two scoreless innings Sunday, potentially earning him more high-profile work in the next week or so, with LHP Craig Breslow, usually a mainstay of the Oakland bullpen, getting off to a rough start. Breslow, who had a hamstring strain that cost him time this spring, gave up five hits, a walk and three earned runs in two outings against Seattle, covering one inning.
BY THE NUMBERS
31 -- The age of the only rookie on Oakland's roster to start the season, LHP Bobby Cramer. Last year, RHP Tyson Ross was the only rookie on the Opening Day roster. Cramer beat Ross out for the final spot this year.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Three Japanese in one play. Who would've ever thought? We're in MLB now, right? Not Japan. Suzuki to Suzuki to Matsui -- out!" -- Oakland C Kurt Suzuki, who flied out to Seattle RF Ichiro Suzuki on Sunday, and Ichiro nailed A's DH Hideki Matsui trying to advance to third.
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