A's issues and answers Grant Balfour, above right: Closer had knee surgery in February, but he's on schedule to be ready for Monday's opener. Yoenis Cespedes, above left: Former Cuban star looks ready to step up among elite players in the game. Depth: Goal was to make this a deeper team, and spring training suggests it's been achieved. Outfield/D.H.: Manager Bob Melvin is confident there are enough at-bats for all five outfielders the team takes north. It will be a tight squeeze. Middle infield: Jed Lowrie or Hiro Nakajima at shortstop. Will Eric Sogard and Scott Sizemore platoon at second?
Brett Anderson: Is left-hander going to be ace that A's need him to be?
-- John Hickey