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Kouzmanoff rests due to turf, not defensive slump

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Kevin Kouzmanoff made three errors in the A's first four games, and he had a few other ungainly looking plays in the field.

After another rough evening on defense Tuesday, Kouzmanoff didn't start Wednesday, though manager Bob Geren downplayed Kouzmanoff's difficulties on the defensive side. Geren said that with three games in a row on artificial turf in Toronto, he wanted to get Kouzmanoff one of them off, and he also noted that Andy LaRoche had had a good evening the night before, with two hits.

LaRoche, who started at shortstop for the first time in his major league career Tuesday, was at third Wednesday, and he went 1-for-3. He moved to shortstop when Kouzmanoff pinch-hit for shortstop Cliff Pennington in the seventh inning.

The A's nine errors though the first four games are an Oakland record. In 1966, the Kansas City A's made nine errors in the first four games. In 1970, Oakland made 10 errors in the first five games of the season.

Kouzmanoff will be back at third base on Thursday, Geren said.

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