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Inside Pitch: Dan Johnson, Odd Man Out?

Dan Johnson hit 29 HR for the RiverCats in '04.

Barring a trade in the next month, the A's will once again arrive in spring training with a glut of left-handed-hitting first basemen and designated hitters.<br><br> And the odd man out is again likely to be the reigning Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League.<br><br> A year ago, that was Graham Koonce.<br><br> This year, that could be Dan Johnson.

If either hit right-handed, they would provide a nice complement to first baseman Scott Hatteberg and designated hitter Erubiel Durazo on days the opposition starts a left-handed pitcher. The A's signed Eric Karros to fill that role last year, but his opportunities were slim and his production was slimmer. Koonce was forced to return to Class AAA Sacramento, where he shared the 1B/DH duties with...

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