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Brandon Moss batted .364 with four home runs in leading the A's to a 6-1 record last week. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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OAKLAND – Brandon Moss says he’s already turned his attention from the torrid offensive streak he enjoyed recently.
Major League Baseball provided him a reminder of it Tuesday, naming him the American League Player of the Week for the week that ended Sunday. Moss hit .364 over seven games and led all major league hitters with four homers, 11 RBI, a .955 slugging percentage and 21 total bases.
Moss crammed all four of his homers and 10 of those 11 RBI into one four-game series at Detroit, where the A’s won three of four to kickstart a hot streak that has pulled them into a tie for first place in the AL West.
“It’s nice to be recognized for a good week and it came in a good week for us as a team,” Moss said before Tuesday’s game against Texas. “But that was last week, this is this week. Baseball is a game of what have you done for me lately. Obviously not every week is going to go that well. Hopefully if you can find a groove late in the season, it’s definitely going to be beneficial to the team.”
Aside from his hitting damage, Moss switched from first base to right field last week when Josh Reddick went on the disabled list. He does not possess the flash of Reddick, a Gold Glove winner in 2012, but Moss has looked very comfortable, going back on deep balls to haul them in, playing balls well off the wall and showing a strong arm.
Moss was mainly an outfielder until last season, when he began playing first base full-time while at Triple-A Sacramento. Still, making the switch back to the outfield on the fly isn’t easy, and Moss has made the transition seamlessly.
“It’s impressive to watch him play right field for a guy who predominantly played first base for the better part of a year-and-a- half now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He is a talented athlete that gives you some options obviously. With the Reddick situation, it’s easy to put him out in right field because he hasn’t missed a beat as far as how he plays the outfield.”