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Make some room …

The A’s clubhouse is taking on that crowded look of spring training. Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Denorfia were recalled before tonight’s game against the Angels. Neither is in the lineup tonight, but Bob Geren said he’ll do his best to spread out the playing time between the seven outfielders he has now. It’s eight if you include Jack Cust, who’s been the everyday DH.

Remember that it’s dangerous to glean too much from these final few games of the season. Just too small of a sample size. But I’ll be interested to see how Gonzalez and Travis Buck respond to major league pitching this time around. Buck’s good showing last night landed him in the leadoff spot tonight. And when you look at the A’s offensive struggles this season, I don’t think you can overlook the fact that they didn’t have a consistent leadoff presence all season. Rajai Davis is a natural leadoff guy, but he’s not even assured a roster spot for ’09 at this point. Buck was penciled into the No. 1 spot to start ’08, but he couldn’t hold onto it. Let’s hear some thoughts on whether you think Buck can be a long-term answer as a leadoff man …

Joe Stiglich

  • Jan K Oski

    Why is Roids Man still batting in the 4th spot? If Billy truly wants to see what these youngsters can do, Cust needs to be batting 6th or 7th where he belongs. 5 LOB in the latest win? That’s so typical of Mr. Cust. I’ll be singing for joy, when he is given his walking orders…

  • Jan K Oski

    OH YEAH! It doesn’t matter who is leading off, Cust will save their energy by leaving them on base. Is he batting .001 with men in scoring position?