A's first baseman Brandon Moss has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 17th.
This is Moss' first career weekly honor.
Moss batted .348 (8-for-23) with three doubles, five homers, 10 RBI and seven runs scored in six games. Among Major League leaders, the 28-year-old finished tops in slugging percentage (1.130) and total bases (26), tied for first in homers and RBI, tied for second in runs scored and tied for third in doubles.
In Tuesday's win at Coors Field in Colorado, Moss became the first player this season and
the 32nd overall to reach the 13-year-old ballparks third deck in right field with a towering blast as part of a six-run third inning to erase an early 4-0 deficit.
He hit another home run in the fifth inning, his first career multi-home-run game.
The eighth round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Loganville (GA) High School (by Boston) joined Jack Cust as the only Athletic hitters since the 2000 season to tally five homers over a four-day span.
Additionally, he and Cust are the only pair in As history to launch six homers in their first nine games with the club.
At Mesa, Arizona, Matt Szczur keyed a three-run second inning for the World Series champions and Charcer Burks hit a solo homer in front of 14,929 fans.
Burks also had a diving catch in left field with two on and one out in the eighth inning.
Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in his first game with Oakland and Matt Chapman tied it 3-all with a two-run drive in the fourth. Rajai Davis, who hit a tying home run off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of last year's World Series Game 7, opened the game for the Athletics with a walk, then stole second and third but was stranded when Stephen Vogt flied out.
A's starter Jesse Hahn allowed three runs, all in the second, including a two-run single by Szczur that deflected off the pitcher's glove.
MESA, Ariz. – The Cactus League crowds are different than the ones packed into Wrigley Field. It was only a meaningless split-squad game on a Saturday afternoon in the Arizona sunshine. Finally winning the World Series must have somewhat dulled the edge.
But Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward still thought Rajai Davis would hear it from the sellout crowd of 14,929 at Sloan Park, the what-could-have-been anxiety bubbling up when seeing the Oakland A's leadoff guy who nearly changed the course of baseball history.
"I was surprised he didn't get booed more, but that's just how our fans are," Heyward said. "They're fun like that. They have fun with the game. They acknowledge it. That's pretty cool for Cubs fans to boo you. If anybody boos you from last year, that's kind of an honor, I would say. To be on that side of things, it means you did something great."
As Alfonso Soriano liked to say, they don't boo nobodies. With one big swing, Davis almost unleashed a miserable winter for the Cubs and ended the Cleveland Indians' 68-year drought.
Manager Joe Maddon kept pushing closer Aroldis Chapman, who fired 97 pitches in Games 5, 6, and 7 combined. Davis timed seven straight fastballs in the eighth inning – the last one at 97.1 mph – and drove a Game 7-tying two-run homer just inside the foul pole and onto the left-field patio. In a now-famous rain-delay speech, Heyward gathered his teammates in a Progressive Field weight room as the Cubs regained their composure.
"They booed him, but only the first at-bat," Heyward said. "The second at-bat and the third, I was like: ‘Eh, they kind of just let him off the hook.' They let him be."
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