A's Earn Win Number One
Cahill was shaky but limited the damage.
Cahill was shaky but limited the damage.
Posted Apr 8, 2009

Trevor Cahill, the first of the A's 21-year-olds to make their major league debuts this week, had a busy time of it in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

The Angels had runners on in each of Trevor Cahill's five innings, but he limited them to single runs in the first and in the second, and then the Angels got an unearned run in the fifth thanks to a flyball dropped by Jack Cust in right.

Control was Cahill's biggest problem. He walked five, one intentionally. For a sinkerballer, he got a lot of flyball outs, especially in the early going, with five in the first two innings.

Cahill didn't record a strikeout until the fifth, getting Juan Rivera swinging for the second out of the inning. Kurt Suzuki then threw out Kendry Morales trying to steal second.

Cahill is just the 16th pitcher since 1954 to make his big-league debut by starting one of the first two games of the season. The most recent before Cahill was the Mets' Brian Bannister on April 5, 2006. The only one younger than Cahill was Jeremy Bonderman, a former A's draft pick, who was 20 years and 156 days old when he started for Detroit on April 2, 2003.

Cahill was 21 years and 37 days old on Tuesday, making him the seventh youngest pitcher to start a game for Oakland. Brett Anderson will start Thursday at Anaheim, the first time the A's have had two 21-year-olds in the rotation since 1993, when Steve Karsay and Todd Van Poppel were in the rotation from Aug. 16 on.

A'S 6, ANGELS 4: A night after getting shut out to open the season, the A's put together 16 hits, including three each by Jason Giambi, Jack Cust and Ryan Sweeney, in the 6-4 win.

Injury Updates

--RHP Joey Devine is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday. The A's are already prepared for bad news, having placed Devine on the 60-day disabled list. Devine has had recurring problems with his right elbow, and there is concern he will need ligament transplant surgery.

--RHP Justin Duchscherer needed only a minor cleanup of his sore right elbow in an arthroscopic procedure on March 31. Duchscherer could return to the A's by early to mid-May, though the team has not indicated if he will be pointed toward a spot in the rotation or in the bullpen. Duchscherer has been an All-Star in both roles, so it might depend on the team's greater need at the time.

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