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A's announce roster traveling to Japan for Opening Series vs. Mariners

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A's announce roster traveling to Japan for Opening Series vs. Mariners

The A's officially have announced their 30-man roster for their trip to Japan.

Oakland will bring 15 pitchers and 15 position players. Here's the full list:

Starting pitchers: Brett Anderson, Chris Bassitt, Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Frankie Montas

Relief pitchers: Jerry Blevins, Ryan Buchter, Ryan Dull, Liam Hendriks, Yusmeiro Petit, Fernando Rodney, Joakim Soria, Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino, J.B. Wendelken

Catchers: Nick Hundley, Josh Phegley, Beau Taylor

Infielders: Franklin Barreto, Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Cliff Pennington, Chad Pinder, Jurickson Profar

Outfielders: Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Robbie Grossman, Ramón Laureano, Stephen Piscotty

At first glance, there are no major surprises. Taylor makes the cut as the third catcher due to Chris Herrmann's knee injury.

On the infield, Pennington is unlikely to make the 25-man roster, but he provides some experience and versatility.

Blevins, Dull and Wendelken are battling for the final bullpen spot on the 25-man roster, and all three will make the trip to Tokyo.

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The A's will bring five starting pitchers, though Jesús Luzardo and Aaron Brooks are staying in Arizona to continue their normal throwing schedule. Both still are in the running for the No. 5 starter job to begin the season.

The A's will have to set a 28-man roster for their two exhibition games against the Nippon Ham Fighters on March 17 and March 18. Players on the 28-man roster must be on the 40-man roster. Currently, Hundley, Taylor, Pennington, and Blevins are not on the 40-man roster.

Oakland can keep its 28-man roster for its regular-season series against the Mariners, but only 25 players can be active for those games March 20 and 21.

What A's Chad Pinder recalls watching Sean Manaea no-hitter from outfield

What A's Chad Pinder recalls watching Sean Manaea no-hitter from outfield

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Sean Manaea's no-hitter Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports California.

Sean Manaea’s no-hitter against the Red Sox in 2018 was complete with a shaving cream/Gatorade bath, and an infectious smile.

For A's outfielder Chad Pinder, it was a moment that was extra special. Not just because of the opponent -- the mighty Red Sox -- but also because of what he saw from Manaea himself.

“I think everyone in the (Red Sox's) lineup was hitting .340 at the time," Pinder told NBC Sports California’s Brodie Brazil on Wednesday. "I remember they hadn’t lost many, and they were the team to beat, and they came in hot -- and I just remember Sean being lights out."

“I can obviously remember the last play with Marcus [Semien] the six-four to Jed [Lowrie], and you get to a certain point in the game and you’re like 'All right, let’s just -- everything is focused on defense, we’re up 3-0, let’s just get back out on defense and get the job done, get to the ninth inning.'"

[RELATED: Dallas Braden recalls Manaea's no-hitter vs. Red Sox]

A’s manager Bob Melvin, despite Manaea’s laid back demeanor throughout the entire process, wouldn’t make eye contact with the pitcher from the sixth inning on. Pinder also knew the superstitions behind a you-know-what.

“You don’t say a word, you don’t put it out there, you kind of let it be what it is, and I can remember that last out kind of being like a sigh of relief like ‘All right, he did it.’”

Ten strikeouts and nine innings later, he sure did. 

What stood out to Dallas Braden from Sean Manaea's no-hitter in 2018

What stood out to Dallas Braden from Sean Manaea's no-hitter in 2018

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Sean Manaea's no-hitter Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports California.

Sean Manaea’s usual demeanor has him relaxed and calm -- a go-with-the-flow type of guy.

That was no different than how the A’s starter was acting in the dugout on April 21, 2018. But you see, Manaea was in the midst of throwing a no-hitter against the Red Sox. Some even say they saw him snacking on something while the Boston bats did their best trying to muster up any offensive action against him.

They failed.

Former A’s pitcher turned analyst Dallas Braden was waiting for Manaea after his outing to give the postgame interview -- after the shaving cream/Gatorade/bubble gum shower, of course.

Braden had thrown the team’s previous no-hitter in 2010 with his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. But he went about it a different way.

"Absolute psycho," Dallas Braden laughed as he told NBC Sports California about how Manaea was acting in the midst of his no-no.

"Sean and I have had some great conversations, had some great exchanges just about the different ways we go about things,” Braden said.

“I do get to see him on a daily basis go about his routine, and him and I have talked in length just about preparation -- and so it's funny because you can watch him go out there and spin the gem that he did against the Red Sox in '18.”

“And you know every moment in between innings was spent, probably laughing about something, talking about something non-baseball related, and that's just how damn good he is,” Braden added.

After the game, Bob Melvin spoke to reporters saying he refused to make eye contact with Manaea each time he would come in from throwing a frame -- at least since the sixth inning.

[RELATED: Nine eye-popping stats from A's, Giants players]

That’s when it became real. 

Manaea made history, of course, but the way he went about it was something only he could do. The fun-loving, carefree way he carried himself through it all while fanning 10 Sox hitters is something that might be more memorable than perhaps the feat itself. 

We get to relive that masterpiece on Wednesday night.