CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season

CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s television schedule was released Sunday, with CSN California carrying 147 of the team’s 162 games.

The slate begins with the April 3 Opening Night matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, the beginning of a four-game set at the Coliseum that will air entirely on CSN California.

A four-game series at home against the Boston Red Sox, who shoulder big expectations entering the season, awaits May 18-21. Less than a week later, the A’s will be at Yankee Stadium for a three-game set that airs May 26-28. And the next day, they’ll begin a three-game series on Memorial Day at Cleveland against the defending American League champs.

The Yankees will be in town Father’s Day weekend for a four-game set that begins June 15. Shortly after, another holiday series awaits at home as the Chicago White Sox visit over Fourth of July for a three-game series July 3-5.

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The early second-half schedule features the A’s making a return trip to the Big Apple for a July 21-23 interleague series against the New York Mets.

The annual Bay Bridge Series awaits July 31-Aug. 3, with the first two games against the Giants at the Coliseum and the last two at AT&T Park.

The final holiday of the season again has the A’s at home, as the Angels visit for a three-game series that begins Labor Day, Sept. 4. And CSN California will carry all four games of the regular season-ending series in Arlington against the Rangers from Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

The 15 non-CSN games will air nationally on MLB Network.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.