In the opening tilt of a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Moss singled, walked twice and scored a run as the Athletics edged the Tigers, 8-6, at Comerica Park. The A's had dropped four of its previous five against the A.L. Central-leading Tigers before Monday's triumph. Amidst soggy weather conditions in the Motor City on Tuesday, the left-handed-hitting Moss walked, scored a run and later launched a two-run homer to guide the A's to a 6-3 victory in a rain-shortened six innings. On Wednesday, the Monroe, Georgia native went 4-for-5 with a double, two homers, six RBI and three runs scored as Oakland routed Detroit, 14-4. The six RBI established a new career high for the 29-year-old, with his four hits and two homers matching career bests. In Thursday's finale in Detroit, Moss homered for the third consecutive game, this one a two-run shot off ace Max Scherzer, but the effort wasn't enough as the Tigers won, 7-6. The seven-year veteran finished the Tigers series with 10 RBI, marking the most RBI in a series for the A's since Damian Miller had 12 RBI in a three-game set against Cincinnati from June 7-9, 2004.
Moss, an eighth-round pick in the 2002 Draft (by Boston), has enjoyed a breakout season in 2013. Heading into play today, Brandon has set new career highs in runs (61), hits (96), homers (25), RBI (69), walks (42), extra-base hits (42) and at-bats (385).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia (.458, 11 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez (.391, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and starting pitcher James Shields (2-0, 0.63 ERA, 14.1 IP, 16 SO); Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (.435, 10 H, 3 HR, 10 RBI); right-hander R.A. Dickey (2-0, 1.88 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays; starter Ivan Nova (1-0, shutout vs. Orioles on August 31st) of the New York Yankees; and pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (1-0, shutout vs. Mariners on September 1st) of the Houston Astros.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Brandon Moss will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.