The A's have two exhibition games coming up against the Giants next week, the only opportunities to face an opponent before the 2020 regular season starts.
Manager Bob Melvin announced Sean Manaea will start the July 20 exhibition at Oakland Coliseum, while Mike Fiers will start the July 21 preseason game at Oracle Park in a home-and-home with the A's geographical rival. Chris Bassitt scheduled to throw after that.
The A's would have two days after that to prepare for Opening Day against the Los Angeles Angels on July 24.
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Melvin hasn't made a formal announcement on that game's starter, though he should in the next few days. Manaea, Fiers and Bassitt couldn't start on July 24 on full rest, so it seems unlikely they'll get the nod to start the season.
Frankie Montas came to camp largely ramped up, has been universally praised and was "borderline electric," Melvin said, in his last intrasquad outing. All signs point to him starting the opener, though A.J. Puk shouldn't be eliminated from consideration.
Melvin was wary of reporters doing the math to draw conclusions on an Opening Day starter.
"I'll have something for you in the next few days," he said.
A's tab Sean Manaea, Mike Fiers to start exhibition games vs. Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area