Monday, April 7
Scott Kazmir__________Kevin Correia
A's: The offseason addition was sharp in his debut last week in a 6-1 win, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless frames while striking out five and walking none. Against the Twins in 2013, Kazmir went 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in five starts.Other guys: Correia, who was the club's most consistent starter in 2013, will be rewarded by starting the home opener at Target Field. He threw a quality start in his 2014 debut against the White Sox on Wednesday, giving up two runs over six innings.
Wednesday, April 9
Jesse Chavez__________Phil Hughes
A's: Forced into the rotation after injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, Chavez looked sharp in his A's starting debut against Seattle on Thursday, allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings of work in a 3-2 Oakland victory.Other guys: Hughes made his Twins debut against the White Sox on Thursday with mixed results. The right-hander struck out seven and walked just one in five innings, but he gave up four runs, including two homers.
Thursday, April 10
Dan Straily__________Mike Pelfrey
A's: Straily was outdueled by Felix Hernandez in his 2014 debut despite putting together a quality start for the A's on Saturday. The 25-year-old faced the Twins once last year but received a no-decision after allowing three runs over 5 2/3 frames.Other guys: Pelfrey started out by throwing four perfect innings against the Indians on Friday, but it all unraveled in the sixth, as he gave up a pair of home runs. He ended up allowing three runs on three hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.