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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Bob Geren
Bob Melvin has repeatedly described the comfort of managing right at home in the Bay Area _ and Billy Beane has described the comfort in having a winning, "modern-day" manager leading the Oakland Athletics.
Bob Melvin wasted no time making changes to his Oakland coaching staff after receiving a new three-year deal last week to stay put as manager.
Bob Geren realized full well that without regular wins this year his tenure managing the Oakland Athletics would be over.
With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.
Coco Crisp approached Hideki Matsui while they warmed up Monday and pulled his new teammate into a hug. They shook hands, too _ a little more the Japanese style.
Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey was glad to see the arrival of designated hitter Hideki Matsui at spring camp on Sunday.
Even though his club is likely to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane saw no reason to let manager Bob Geren's contract status linger.
Trevor Cahill pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to earn his seventh straight win, and the Oakland Athletics got four hits from Ryan Sweeney in an 8-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
The next time Vin Mazzaro is used as a starting pitcher, it might be nice if he found out about it more than three hours before game time.
"Actually, it was his day to pitch, so physically he was ready to go," A's manager Bob Geren said.
"It's not easy three hours before the game to be told you're starting, but I was ready. And I'm a competitor," he said. "It would be nice to get a heads-up, but whatever."