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A's wrap up spring with sweep of Giants, finalize roster for Opening Day

Sonny Gray will get the ball on Opening Night for the A's, and he may just get that call for the next six seasons, too.
Sonny Gray will get the ball on Opening Night for the A's, and he may just get that call for the next six seasons, too.
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With today's rainout cancellation of the third game in the annual Bay Bridge exhibition series, the Oakland Athletics swept the San Francisco Giants in a two-game set to conclude their 2014 Spring Training schedule with a 15-13 record.

And just like that, Opening Day is around the corner for the two-time defending American League West division champions.

The A's beat the Giants twice at AT&T Park in San Francisco this week, 4-0 on Thursday night and 4-1 on Friday evening, before today's rainout. Overall, Oakland was 5-1 against that team from across this bridge this spring, outscoring the Orange & Black by a combined 33-16 score in those six games.

Of course, that means little as the real season starts on Monday for the A's against the Cleveland Indians at the Coliseum.

Oakland finalized its roster for the Opening Day game by optioning LHP Joe Savery, C Stephen Vogt and IF Jake Elmore to Triple-A Sacramento. The A’s also selected OF Sam Fuld from Sacramento and designated OF Michael Taylor for assignment.

Taylor is the former top prospect that is all Oakland had left to show from the Matt Holliday Experiment years ago, and he is out of options.

Oakland placed RHPs Ryan Cook (right shoulder tendinitis), A.J. Griffin (flexor muscle strain) and Fernando Rodriguez (Tommy John surgery) as well as OF Craig Gentry (lower back strain) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, making them eligible for reinstatement April 5 -- which is next Saturday, when the A's will be hosting the Seattle Mariners.

Sonny Gray will be the A's Opening Day starter on Monday. Game time is 7:07 p.m., after Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Note: In regards to today’s rainout, fans who purchased tickets can redeem the paid value of their tickets to a future 2014 A’s regular season game, subject to availability. Tickets should be exchanged at the Coliseum Box Office, or mailed to the Oakland Athletics, Attn: Ticket Services/Rainout, P.O. Box 2220, Oakland, CA 94621. Fans should include their name, address, phone number, original tickets and game and price level requested. Due to dynamic pricing, pricing may vary from game to game. All tickets are subject to availability. For more information, please visit:

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