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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Sure, Sonny Gray gained some nice momentum from that impressive pitcher's duel with Detroit ace Justin Verlander last October.

Gray insists any highlights from his remarkable rookie season - he made all of 12 major league appearances and 10 starts - mean nothing now as he prepares to take the ball for the two-time defending AL West champion Oakland Athletics on opening day at home Monday night against Cleveland.

After Jarrod Parker was lost to season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery late in spring training, Gray assumes the top spot in the rotation for the time being.

Justin Masterson will make his third straight opening day start for the Indians, but perhaps his last.

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