Brandon McCarthy to start A's opener

Updated: February 28, 2012, 6:24 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Oakland Athletics have their Opening Day starter, and it's right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement Tuesday, saying McCarthy was an easy choice based on last year's results and trades that left the team without All-Stars Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill.

The A's open their season in Japan on March 28. Bartolo Colon will start the second game the following day.

"He was a natural pick after last year and with the pitchers we ended ...

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