Aug 07 Johnson won't say who will start US opener

Aug. 07, 2008, 12:09 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Davey Johnson is being coy about his pitching rotation.

The U.S. manager won't say for now who will start next Wednesday's Olympic baseball opener against South Korea.

"You'll probably know half an hour before the game," Johnson said Thursday. "I've been in international play now a number of years. ... A lot of times, I'll play clubs, and they'll have two guys warming up, and after the lineups were handed in, they announce the pitching."

That's not to say Johnson doesn't have an idea who will be pitching. He's just not about to share his plans with almost a week remaining before the opener.

"I know that I haven't even gotten complete rosters left and right on some of the clubs that are competing. ... I have my rotation set, but I haven't seen any clips from the news media from Japan, Korea on who's pitching against us," he said. "So if you can shed some light on that, I'd appreciate that."

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