OAKLAND -- Left-hander Danny Duffy returns to the scene of the conquest.
It was at the Oakland Coliseum that last June 14 Duffy posted his first Major League victory while about 100 family and friends celebrated in the stands. Many of them had made the 2 1/2-hour trip from his hometown, Lompoc, Calif.
"It's cool to pitch there, I've pitched well there and it's going to be nice to pitch in front of my family again," he said. "I can't wait -- Game 2, Tuesday."
Yep, he'll start Tuesday night's game against the A's whom he defeated, 7-4, last year in his sixth start after being called up from Triple-A Omaha. He worked six innings and gave up two runs on four hits and four walks.
Duffy is coming off a remarkable last Spring Training outing in which he threw three perfect innings with seven strikeouts against the Padres at Lake Elsinore, Calif.
"I was feeling good," he said. "I've got to ride that into season. I'm excited to play with these guys and do what we've been working toward."