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LaRoche forces his way into regular role

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LaRoche forces his way into regular role · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

Andy LaRoche appears as if he might get a lengthy stretch at third base if he continues to produce.

With Kevin Kouzmanoff off to a poor start offensively (.208) and defensively (six errors in the first month of the season), LaRoche has started three games in a row at third base and four in a row altogether.

LaRoche has seven hits in his past 15 at-bats, and he has played capably at third, second and at shortstop after signing a minor league deal with the A's during the offseason. He has started 14 games at four different spots, including one game at first base.

Manager Bob Geren was asked for the second day in a row about LaRoche's status and whether he is now the everyday third baseman. Geren responded that LaRoche is swinging a hot bat right now, so he'll find a place for him somewhere, but that might include the other infield spots, too.

Kouzmanoff has said he might be pressing a bit. There's little doubt the defensive drop-off is surprising: Two years ago, with San Diego, he made only three errors all season.

Before sitting the past three games, he was having one of his better stretches offensively, hitting .250 over his previous 12 games after starting off .171 in the first 13 games of the season.

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