Anderson ready to get season under way

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brett Anderson's ready to leave the desert.

The A's lefty found that his breaking ball was "kind of non-existent" in his final exhibition start against the Indians on Tuesday, and he's thinking that it will be right back to form once throwing in air that isn't so dry again.

Good thing his next start is in Oakland, where he'll take the mound against the Mariners on Opening Night in six days.

"I'm ready to get back to the Bay," Anderson said. "It'll be good to get some humidity because it's always tough to spin stuff here with the thin air. But I like the way my arm feels. It'll be good to get in games that matter."

Anderson, who gave up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday, finished his spring campaign with an unofficial 6.75 ERA, a number that doesn't include his start in the Minor Leagues or the one he made against Team Italy. Nor is it one he, or his manager, really cares about. It's Spring Training, after all.

Anderson's next outing is of greater magnitude not only for the obvious reasons, but because it also happens to be his first career Opening Day nod. It will mark the eighth different Opening Day starter for the A's in the last eight years.

"I'm sure it'll kind of hit me as we get closer and closer, but obviously it's an honor to be the guy to go out there and lead your team in that first game," he said. "I'm excited for the crowd. Hopefully, it's the way it was in the playoffs last year, all rowdy. It'll be fun to be a part of."

Jane Lee is a reporter for Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.