A's Set Opening Day Roster

The Oakland A's announced their Opening Day 25-man roster on Saturday. To set the roster, they optioned five players to Sacramento and placed three on the disabled list. The A's also selected the contracts of three players from the minor leagues.

The Oakland A's announced their Opening Day roster after defeating the San Francisco Giants in their final spring game of 2009. The A's optioned Gio Gonzalez, Cliff Pennington, Chris Denorfia, Daric Barton and Jack Hannahan to Triple-A and placed Justin Duchscherer and Ben Copeland on the 15-day DL and Joey Devine on the 60-day DL. Oakland also selected the contracts of Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey from Double-A Midland.

The A's will open the season with 12 pitchers, three of which are rookies (Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey). Oakland will have four rookies on the Opening Day roster, pitchers Anderson, Cahill and Bailey and back-up catcher Landon Powell. Fifteen of the team's 25 players spent time with the A's in 2008.

The A's currently have 41 players on their 40-man roster, so the team will have to move one player off of the roster before Opening Day on Monday.

Oakland's starting rotation will begin with Dallas Braden, Cahill, Dana Eveland, Anderson and Josh Outman. The A's bullpen will have Sean Gallagher, Brad Ziegler, Russ Springer, Michael Wuertz, Bailey, Jerry Blevins and Santiago Casilla.

The A's will carry two catchers -- Kurt Suzuki and Powell -- and six infielders: Orlando Cabrera, Jason Giambi, Mark Ellis, Bobby Crosby, Eric Chavez and Nomar Garciaparra. Crosby will be the team's back-up middle infielder and Garciaparra will fill in at third and first, as well as occasionally DH.

In the outfield, the A's are carrying Ryan Sweeney, Matt Holliday, Travis Buck, Jack Cust and Rajai Davis.

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