LaRoche gets another start at third

LaRoche gets another start at third

OAKLAND -- Andy LaRoche was in the starting lineup at third base and regular starter Kevin Kouzmanoff was on the bench on Friday night for the second straight game.

A's manager Bob Geren said he might give the hot-hitting LaRoche an extended look at third base. Does he have a chance to win the starting job?

"Hey, we're trying to win games, and if a guy is contributing and helping us, I'll find a way to keep him in there, yeah," Geren said before Friday night's game against Detroit. "That's the same with anybody -- not just him, but in general. We're not swinging the bats all that well. So if somebody's swinging it, I've got to get him in there."

LaRoche is hitting .333 to Kouzmanoff's .171. Kouzmanoff has also committed four errors to just one for LaRoche, who was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and made the Opening Day roster.

Geren said he expects Kouzmanoff to work his way out of his slumps at the plate and in the field.

"I even told him, 'Guys have ups and downs fielding, they have ups and downs hitting,'" Geren said. "Right now, he's having a rough time with both of them. But I have confidence he will break out both offensively and defensively, because he's done it in the past."