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So there you go: The manager will put a high premium on defense. You won’t see a lot of stealing without a high percentage of success. You won’t see a lot of bunting. He’s operating with two big drawbacks already, a lineup with a No. 2 hitter who is hardly his preference and a pitching staff so uncertain that he feels the need to sacrifice the bench and carry another pitcher.

That is Manny Acta’s plan on the field, which may have little effect on the outcome of this season, based on “the plan” off the field.