There’s not much left for the Athletics and Giants to play for in 2015, so this Saturday will be a celebration of the early-2000s at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum.
A’s manager Bob Melvin confirmed Tuesday that left-hander Barry Zito will start against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson on Saturday afternoon. The two were teammates in Oakland from 2000-2004 and were major players on the 2002 team that served as the primary subject of Michael Lewis’ famous book Moneyball.
Mark Mulder is also going to be in attendance.
This will be Zito’s first start at the major league level since 2013. The 37-year-old southpaw was called up from Triple-A Nashville last week after posting a 3.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 91/60 K/BB ratio across 138 innings (24 starts) this season in the Pacific Coast League.
Hudson, 40, has said he will retire after the 2015 campaign.
Zito will likely call it quits too.
This is going to be pretty cool.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.