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Oakland Athletics players warm up during spring baseball practice, Monday, February 22, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo / Matt York)

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MESA, Ariz. – The first four games of Cactus League A will be seven innings, manager Bob Melvin said.

Major League Baseball protocol allows spring games through March 13 to be shortened to five or seven innings, and after March 14 to seven, if both managers agree.

Melvin said right-hand man Daulton Jefferies, a former first-round tennis player from Cal, will start Sunday’s match against the Dodgers at the Hohokam Stadium. New arrivals Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland as well as regulars Mark Canha and Ramón Laureano will start, said Melvin.

On Andrus, A’s new shortstop, Melvin said: “I just want him to start with his new team. He’ll probably play games one and three and then we’ll see where we go from there. “

For matches through March 13, teams in defense will be allowed to end the innings before the three outs if the pitcher has thrown at least 20 throws. The three batter minimum rule will take effect in play starting March 14th. Teams will be allowed to take out the pitchers and send them back to the same game later during spring practice.

After Sunday’s opener, A plays his next three games against the Reds, Brewers and Rockies. Melvin said the starting pitchers for the game were Grant Holmes, Parker Dunshee and Cole Irvin.

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