Geren inclined to keep Larish in lineup

Geren inclined to keep Larish in lineup

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.