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Crosby Sees Himself As Everyday Shortstop

Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby still sees himself as an everyday starter.

With that said, Crosby is trying to do what's best for the team.

"That's still what I see myself as and what I hope to be at some point," said Crosby. "Whether it's this year or next year or whenever, it doesn't matter. My feelings haven't changed that much."

Crosby is in the final year of his contract, and has asked for a trade if possible.

"When the moves went down and they signed Nomar and Cabrera, at that point I wanted to be traded because I wanted to play like any player would," Crosby said. "It's unfortunate some guys have gone down. But at the same time, it's given me an opportunity to play a little bit more than probably I expected."

Via San Jose Mercury News


Giambi Joins 400 Home Run Club

Athletics slugger Jason Giambi hit the 400th home run of his career against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Giambi is just the 44th player to accomplish the feat, which he obtained in the fourth inning.

In his return season to Oakland, he is hitting .218 with four home runs and 19 RBI.

Via ESPN


Chavez's Back Is A Ticking Time Bomb

The next time Eric Chavez's back goes out, his career will likely be over.

"Pretty much game, set and match," said Chavez to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chavez is rehabbing his most recent back problem in Arizona in the hopes of rejoining the A's on their next homestand.

If his back goes out again, Chavez will need to have his previously repaired vertebra, the L4-L5, fused with the vertebra that is currently herniated, which is the L3-L4. Another microdiscectomy such as the one Chavez had in October, 2007, is out, because it would leave his spine too unstable, Chavez said.

Spinal fusions don't allow for the type of physical activity performed by pro athletes.

"This last (diagnosis) is a little bit of a punch in the gut for everyone," A's general manager Billy Beane said, "Especially for Eric, because he's worked so hard and dealt with so many issues."

Via San Francisco Chronicle


Comedian Demetri Martin Will Play DePodesta In 'Moneyball'

In Stephen Soderberg's "Moneyball" movie, Billy Beane will be played by Brad Pitt while comedian Demetri Martin will play Paul DePodesta.

Former Oakland manager Art Howe, pitching coach Rick Peterson, several scouts, ex-scouting director Grady Fuson and first baseman Scott Hatteberg will all play themselves.

Via San Francisco Chronicle


A's Call Up Kennedy A Day After Trading For Him

The Athletics have called up infielder Adam Kennedy just one day after acquiring him from the Rays.

He hit eighth for Oakland on Saturday against Toronto.

Kennedy, a 10-year major league veteran and MVP of the 2002 ALCS while with the Angels, had been assigned to Sacramento on Friday.

Via ESPN


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