Geren inclined to keep Larish in lineup
Versatile newcomer may be replaced in outfield for late innings
NEW YORK -- Jeff Larish received his second start in the outfield in as many days on Monday, a sign that A's manager Bob Geren would like to keep Larish's bat in the lineup.
"I like what we've seen from him," Geren said before the A's series opener against the Yankees. "I'll continue to get him out there."
Larish, who has spent most of his career at the corner-infield spots, batted seventh and started in left field on Monday. He plated two runs in the first inning with a bases-loaded single, then homered three innings later. Larish added a run-scoring double later in the game, finishing with a career-high four RBIs. Jack Cust, who was handed three starts in left before Larish squeezed his way into the outfield picture, served designated hitter duties Monday.
Larish was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Aug. 20 for his second stint with the A's this year and entered Monday's contest 4-for-14 with a home run and two RBIs in four starts since his return.
Geren, however, said that he'll consider replacing Larish with another defensive option -- likely Gabe Gross -- during the later innings when need be, as he did in the sixth inning of Sunday's 8-2 win over the Rangers.
"It's nothing against Larish," Geren said. "We just have so many good defensive options. We have a lot of good defenders on this team."
A's outfielders entered Monday ranking fifth in the American League in fielding percentage (.989), and their eight errors were tied with the Yankees and Rays for fewest in the AL.
Anderson a go for Wednesday in Bronx
NEW YORK -- A's lefty Brett Anderson endured a successful bullpen session on Monday afternoon, turning his hyperextended right knee into a non-issue in preparation of his scheduled Wednesday start against the Yankees, which he fully plans on making.
"It went really well," manager Bob Geren said. "He should be good to go, no problems."
The 22-year-old Anderson suffered the mild knee injury when he stepped in a mound hole created by Rangers hurler Tommy Hunter and subsequently fell in the second inning of Friday's 7-3 loss to Texas. Anderson took Saturday off before running and playing catch on Sunday, all of which went well and allowed him to undergo his normal bullpen routine on Monday.
Anderson is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees, but in those outings, he's also posted 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
Although the A's 13-13 August record through Sunday was the best among American League West teams, the club has gained just one game in the standings this month. ... Monday marked the 23rd time in the past 35 games the A's have played a team that was in first place in its division or the AL Wild Card race at the time of the game. Sixteen of the A's 32 remaining games come against teams that currently have winning records.