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Yankees 5, A’s 3

I thought it was pretty telling that A’s manager Bob Geren was playing his infield in tonight as early as the second inning. Just goes to show how unsure he is of his offense right now. But it’s worth questioning whether that strategy is a sound one. Brett Gardner hit a grounder that got by Mark Ellis for a two-run single, and Ellis would have gotten an out at first were he playing at normal depth, which would have scored just one run. With the way the inning played out, the second run probably would have scored anyway. But it’s a bit of a catch-22: Geren wants the chance to cut off a run at the plate, knowing any deficit is tough for his team to overcome right now. But bringing the infielders in also invites the opportunity for a big inning. I’m surprised anytime a manager plays the infield in that early in a game …

–Geren said Nomar Garciaparra looked good taking batting practice today, and that he could be available for some kind of duty tomorrow if his right calf is feeling OK. His first start probably wouldn’t come until Friday, however …

Joe Stiglich