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Jack Cust, Kevin Kouzmanoff arrive; just about everybody present at A’s camp

Things were a little louder in the A’s clubhouse this morning, which of course meant that Jack Cust has reported to camp. On a team that’s pretty mild-mannered and subdued in general, Cust stands out as a rambunctious exception. And to think, over the winter it looked like Cust might not even be back in green and gold. The A’s didn’t tender him a contract, turning him loose to free agency. He said he received some interest, but the offers didn’t come pouring in. So he re-signed with the A’s for $2.65 million, or $150,000 less than he made last year. But he’s happy to be back. And he thinks the addition of Coco Crisp will bring more speed to the top of the lineup, lead to more base runners and perhaps discourage teams from playing the shift on him.

He and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their second daughter, Sophia Lily, who was born last Wednesday. Cust usually shows up earlier to camp, but wanted to spend time with his new baby.

Kevin Kouzmanoff, the A’s new third baseman, also showed up and said he’s looking forward to his fresh start. He talked about the work he’s put in to improve his defense over the years, and is eager to get started with his new teammates.

I’ll have more on Kouzmanoff and Cust in tomorrow’s paper …

–Justin Duchscherer played catch to test out his lower back — 35 throws from 80 feet and he came out of it OK.

–Infielder Gregorio Petit and catcher Joel Galarraga are the only two players who have yet to show …

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich