Among active players, Raines and Phillips rank second and seventh, respectively, in runs scored. They'll try to make A's fans forget about the top player on that list, Ricky Henderson, now with the Mets. Phillips, who came up through the Oakland system like the rest of the starting position players, will play left and lead off. Raines, who has won World Series rings in two of the last three years, will probably get 350 at bats in spot duty.
"We've taken some big steps," Howe says. "Now we just have to keep going. When our younger players mature, this is going to be a very, very solid ball club."
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