The Oakland A’s will have their ninth different Opening Day starter in the last nine years after Sonny Gray was named the starter on Sunday morning by manager Bob Melvin, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee.
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Sonny Gray will become the fifth youngest Opening Day starting pitcher in Oakland #Athletics history (Blue, Hunter, Cahill, Odom).
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Gray, 24, is coming off another stellar spring outing when he went 5.2 innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven and only issuing one walk.
The former Vanderbilt ace, Gray was the 18th pick in the 2011 amateur draft, was in line to get this distinction dating back to last year when he got the nod to start Game 5 of the ALDS vsd. the Detroit Tigers over Bartolo Colon and will face the Cleveland Indians in the opener.
Gray made 10 starts a season ago, appearing in 12 games, and compiled a 5-3 record with a 2.67 earned run average with 67 strikeouts in 64 innings.