All four of the A’s full-season affiliates are set to open their seasons on Thursday, April 4th. Sacramento and Stockton will be opening their seasons at home, while Midland and Beloit will have their season openers on the road.
In Sacramento’s game, left-hander Andrew Werner will be going for the River Cats against former 1st-round draft pick Zack Wheeler for Las Vegas. And familiar names like Jemile Weeks, Grant Green, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor and Shane Peterson are all likely to be in the lineup for the River Cats.
You can listen to broadcasts of all the games online free of charge via MiLB Gameday Audio at http://www.milb.com/milb/multimedia/audio.jsp. Broadcasts are also available on your iPad or iPhone via the MiLB.com app.
For those of you planning to tune into the games on Thursday, I’m going to experiment with having a Minor League Game Thread on the site where everyone is encouraged to comment on all the minor league game action throughout the evening – and I’ll be there commenting as well.
The starting times for all the games are listed below. I’ve included both the local time for each game as well as the Pacific time, since I know many of our followers are on the west coast.
Best of luck to all the A’s affiliates and minor league players on Thursday!
Thursday’s Opening Games – April 4th, 2013:
Las Vegas @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT
Midland @ NW Arkansas – 4:00pm PT / 6:00pm CT
Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – 4:35pm PT / 6:35pm CT
Las Vegas 51s at Sacramento River Cats
7:05pm PT at Raley Field
Andrew Werner vs. Zack Wheeler