Game canceled; Anderson to pitch tomorrow
As expected, this afternoon’s A’s and Dodgers game has been rained out. As a result, Geren said Brett Anderson will make his start on Tuesday against the Reds, and Gio Gonzalez will be pushed to Wednesday against the Cubs. That means Tyson Ross and Bobby Cramer, who were initially scheduled to pitch that day, will likely throw in a Minor League game, though nothing has been decided for certain beyond Wednesday. Trevor Cahill will make his sixth start on Thursday, and Dallas Braden or Brandon McCarthy will pitch Friday, with one of them going in a Minors game. With the changes, it looks like the schedule sets Anderson up nicely to be the team’s Opening Night starter. For awhile it appeared Gonzalez could get the nod, but now he would have to go on just three days of rest to do so. This also means we could hear from Geren sooner than Friday or Saturday about the fifth-starter spot, as the way he sets up his rotation toward the end of the week could reflect the rotation that will start the season in Oakland.