Melvin said right-hander Daulton Jefferies, the former first-round pick from Cal, will start in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers at Hohokam Stadium. Newcomers Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland and regulars Mark Canha and Ramón Laureano will play in the opener, Melvin said. Of Andrus, the A’s new shortstop, Melvin said: “I just wanted to get him started with his new team.
The A’s have announced starters for the first four Cactus League games. And none will come from the big league rotation. But most could comprise the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation for the 2021 season.
I think it feels normal because we’re more used to this lifestyle,” said Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. Last year we weren’t sure how this would work when we were at the field, with protocols to follow off the field, and it threw you for a little bit of a spin. Now that everybody knew what to expect coming in, it seems like it’s translating easier.