NEW YORK -- When A's GM Billy Beane first heard that Aaron Boone might be out for the entire season -- and that the Yankees are suddenly minus a
front-line third baseman -- he immediately reached for the phone to call counterpart Brian Cashman. Beane can smell panic 3,000 miles away, and his every instinct suggested now was the time to exploit the Yankees.
After all, the Bombers have virtually no replacement for Boone, which
is why Beane almost started dialing Cashman's number. The A's have ...