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OAKLAND — Seven years after Trevor Cahill started the first game Bob Melvin ever managed for the A’s, the veteran right-hander gets another significant assignment — starting the A’s 50th anniversary game Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.
Coincidentally, Cahill made his start on June 9, 2011 against the White Sox as well, the same day Melvin was named interim manager after general manager Billy Beane fired Bob Geren.
Cahill, who signed March 19, had two starts for the Class AAA Nashville sounds, giving up four hits and five earned runs in nine innings with seven walks and 10 strikeouts. The reports Melvin received were positive.
“Good sink, kind of an overhand sink, good command, good change-up,” Melvin said. “He has some history, actually pitched the first game of my A’s career in Chicago. He’s kind of come full circle.”
Things didn’t go well for Cahill that night, as the A’s lost to the White Sox 9-4. Cahill was gone after 2 2/3 innings and saw his record fall to 6-4 en route to a 12-14 season.
Cahill worked out with the A’s before the game but won’t be activated until Tuesday and was unavailable for comment.
The A’s are expecting a capacity crowd for their 50th anniversary game, with fans getting in for free (tickets were pre-distrubuted) and no charge for parking. Both teams will wear throwback uniforms.
Melvin said Cahill, 30, has evolved as a pitcher since 2011.
“Back then he was basically sinker, curve ball,” Melvin said. “Now he’s got a few more pitches in his arsenal. He’s pitched out of the bullpen, he’s started. We’ve always liked him here. He’s had a nice little career and we’re looking forward to seeing take the mound in front of 250,000 people.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports