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Tuesday's observations: Cabrera, Hillman

- Orlando Cabrera rightly has no confidence in the way he's swinging the bat right now, as he bunted into two outs in the loss to the Yankees. Incredibly, his first bunt attempt came with a 3-1 count after Ryan Sweeney singled to start the game in the first. The A's need to discourage such foolishness by getting him out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Cabrera's not a bad choice there when he's going well, but it's not like he's an ideal option, either. Cabrera has never once posted a .350 OBP in his career.

- Kenshin Kawakami has been let down by Atlanta's defense in all three of his starts to date. Just like in his MLB debut, Kawakami fell victim to Matt Diaz losing a ball in the lights in the game against the Nationals tonight. It was ruled a triple for Austin Kearns, and it played a big role in a three-run inning that also contained an actual error from Chipper Jones.

- Casey Fossum? With the bases loaded in a one-run game? The Casey Fossum? I mean, I'm sure Brian Stokes is exhausted from pitching 3 1/3 innings over the course of two weeks, but Casey Fossum? If it was that important to bring in a lefty to face Joe Thurston in that situation, then it was important enough to have Pedro Feliciano up. Better yet, just bring in a good pitcher.

- The Angels called up Brandon Wood and then started Maicer Izturis at DH against the Tigers. All indications are that they're not even going to give him a chance to lift the offense before sending him right back to Triple-A later this week.

- Royals manager Trey Hillman stayed oblivious Tuesday, keeping Joakim Soria in reserve even after the Royals closed to within one run in the top of the eighth. The Indians came back to score twice off Juan Cruz in the bottom of the eighth, rendering the Royals' two-run top of the ninth meaningless. Soria has now received eight straight days off with Hillman giving him the K-Rod treatment. The simple fact is that the Royals aren't good enough to win 85-90 games with Soria only pitching the ninth inning in games in which the team is winning by one to three runs. They're not even close.