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Moss’s extra-base bonanza shows no sign of slacking

Brandon Moss has become an extra-base machine.

Brandon Moss has become an extra-base machine.

 

Brandon Moss is doing nothing that Josh Donaldson hasn’t seen before.

Moss hit two home runs Tuesday and has tied Donaldson for the A’s team lead in both major power categories with 15 homers and 48 RBIs.

Donaldson recalled seeing Moss for the first time in the spring of 2012, a non-roster outfielder who’d been signed to a minor league contract the previous November.

“I watched him swing in batting practice, and he was hitting balls farther than anybody,’’ Donaldson said. “I was thinking to myself, this guy can really hit.’’

Donaldson saw more of that power during short stops early that season with Triple-A Sacramento, but it was Moss’ recall from the River Cats that sticks with Donaldson.

“Right off the bat, in his first (actually second) game, he homers,’’ Donaldson said. “A week later, he hits a couple, then more right after that.

“It was ridiculous, just ridiculous. He had more extra-base hits than singles.’’

Donaldson’s memory is spot-on. Moss had 10 extra-base hits in his first 12 hits – three doubles and seven homers. That theme has not changed much in the ensuing two years. Moss has more extra base hits in 2014 (28) than he has singles (25) coming into Wednesday’s game in Yankee Stadium

“I think about it sometimes,’’ Moss said. “Sometimes I have a hard time getting a single. It shouldn’t be that hard.’’

It has been, lately. Of Moss’s last 18 hits, 16 have been doubles (six), triples (one) or homers (nine). That he came into Wednesday with a .280 batting average with so few singles is something of a minor miracle.

“I can barely remember my last single,’’ Moss said. “It was a couple of weeks ago. I hit it down the left field line. Actually, it should have been a double, but we were down 5-1 and Red (Josh Reddick) had to hold up at second base or it would have been.’’

And the hunt for the elusive single goes on.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.