Was acquired by the A's from Houston in February and batted .290 with 45 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 75 RBI in 154 games…set an Athletics record for doubles by a switch hitter and an Oakland record for hits by a switch-hitter (175)…equalled Brent Gates' Oakland record for batting average by a switch-hitter, established in 1993…the doubles ranked second in the American League (Machado, BAL 51), second in Oakland history and tied for seventh in Athletics history … fell two short of the Oakland record of 47 set by Jason Giambi in 2001…prior to 2013, he had not appeared in more than 97 games in any of his five seasons in the majors…in addition to games played, he posted career highs in batting average, on-base percentage (.344), at bats (603), runs (80), hits (175), doubles, RBI, walks (50), extra base hits (62) and strikeouts (91)…led the A's in at bats, hits, doubles and grounded into double plays (17) … tied for second in the AL with 17 games of three or more hits, which was the fifth highest total in Oakland history … the switch-hitter batted .310 (66-for-213) when hitting right-handed compared to .279 (109-for-309) when batting left-handed … hit 14 of his 15 home runs off righties…his career splits are .299 (173-for-579) when batting right-handed, .247 (289-for-1172) when hitting left-handed…batted .303 on the road and .300 with runners in scoring position …hit .297 in his 119 games as a shortstop…led AL shortstops in slugging percentage (.472), doubles (40) and extra base hits (54), ranked second in batting average, third in RBI (66) and tied for third in home runs (13)…had a .320 batting average with nine walks (.393 on-base percentage) in 20 interleague games … is a .301 (40-for-133) career hitter in interleague play…started 150 games, including 115 at shortstop, 23 at second base and 12 at designated hitter…committed 16 errors in 119 games overall at shortstop for a .962 fielding percentage … the fielding percentage was the lowest among Major League shortstops and sixth lowest in Oakland history…it was the lowest since Alfredo Griffin in 1985 (.960)…averaged 3.70 total chances per nine innings, which was the lowest mark by a Major League shortstop since complete innings data is first available in 1974…the previous low was 3.71 by Derek Jeter in 2011 … tied for third among AL shortstops in errors…also made two errors in 24 games at second base (.972 fielding percentage) and his 18 total errors tied for second most among all AL fielders (Ramirez, CWS 22)…hit .240 in 13 games at designated hitter and was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts as a pinch hitter…led the A's with 68 starts batting third and 48 starts hitting second…started games at every spot in the order except eighth and ninth.
In his first major league season, was 3rd on the club in sacrifice flies (8) and 5th in
doubles (25)...Finished among American League rookie leaders in sacrifice flies (T1st, 8), doubles
(5th), triples (T6th, 3), walks (8th, 35) and extra-base hits (10th, 30)...Played with a non-displaced
fracture in his left wrist for much of the season.
OAKLAND: Had back-to-back games with two doubles April 3 and 4 against Seattle…scored a run in a career-high seven consecutive games from April 3-10…committed an error in three consecutive games, April 7-10…homered three times over his first seven games through April 7…then had a career high 62-game homerless streak from April 9 to June 20…matched his career high with four RBI April 15 against Houston…also had four-RBI games Aug. 9 at Toronto and Sept. 11 at Minnesota and now has six four-RBI games in his career…went 4 for 4 April 19 at Tampa Bay, matching his career high in hits…that boosted his average to .413 over his first 17 games…then went 11-for-59 (.186) over his next 15 games from April 20 to May 7 to fall to .303…went 2-for-9 in the 19-inning game April 29 against Los Angeles (AL) to tie the Oakland record for at bats in a game (11th time, last: Mike Heath at Texas, July 1, 1979) … batted .333 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI in the month of April…set an Oakland record for hits in the first month of the season with 34…broke the previous mark of 33 held by Stan Javier (1994) and Ben Grieve (1998)…tied the Oakland record for doubles in April (Mark Ellis, 2003) … added 13 walks for a .409 on-base percentage, which was the highest single month on-base percentage of his career…now has a .314 (89-for-283) career batting average in the first month of the season…hit .258 in 25 games in the month of May to drop his batting average to .297 … then batted .330 in the month of June…had his fourth career four-hit game June 1 against Chicago (AL) … went a career-high 11 consecutive games without a RBI from June 4-15…tied an Oakland record for putouts in a nine inning game by a second baseman June 8 against Chicago (AL) with eight…hit .457 (16-for-35) with nine runs, two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and five multiple hit games during a nine-game hitting streak from June 20-30 … then went 12-for-69 (.174) over his next 18 games from July 1-24 … went 0-for-4 July 2 against Chicago (NL) after hitting safely in each of his first 12 interleague games (17-for-44, .386)…that tied for the third longest interleague hitting streak in Oakland history…it gave him a 14-game interleague hitting streak dating back to 2012…was batting .301 at the conclusion of play July 12 but that would be his last day over .300…had a season-best 21-game errorless streak at shortstop from Aug. 4 to Sept. 3…had his fifth career four-hit game Aug. 9 at Toronto…had a career high 12-game hitting streak from Aug. 18-30…went 20-for-50 (.400) with 10 runs, nine doubles, two triples, one home run, nine RBI and six multiple hit games during the streak … collected at least one extra base hit in 11 of those games, including a career-high six straight from Aug. 18-24…tripled in back-to-back games against Seattle Aug. 20 and 21 … doubled in the first inning Aug. 27 at Detroit to set an all-time Athletics record for doubles by a switch-hitter with 37…broke the previous mark of 36 set by Nick Swisher in 2007…matched his career high with three runs scored Aug. 28 at Detroit … batted .287 in the month of August but 17 of his 31 hits were for extra bases (13 doubles, two triples, two home runs)…led the majors in doubles in August and tied for second in extra base hits…the 13 doubles set an Oakland record for the month of August and were the most by an Athletic since Dick Siebert had 15 in 1939…fell one short of the Oakland record for doubles in any month (Jason Giambi, 14 in July of 1996)…the 17 extra base hits tied the Oakland record for extra base hits in August (Crisp, 2012, Tejada, 2003)…hit .218 over his first 15 games in September but then batted .364 with three home runs, eight RBI and six multiple hit games over his final 10 contests … had five home runs and 17 RBI in 25 games in September … started all five games at shortstop in the ALDS against Detroit and went 3-for-20 (.150) with a home run and three RBI.
MR. VERSATILITY: Appeared in 49 games (45 starts) at shortstop, 45 (22 starts) and 3rd base, and 3
(2 starts) at 2nd base...Was the 6th Red Sox switch hitter to play at least 3 games at each of those
infield positions in a season, joining Carlos Rodriguez (1994), Mike Brumley (1991), Dick Schofield
(1969-70), Billy Rogell (1928) and Jack Rothrock (1927)...Became just the 2nd switch hitter in baseball
history to play at least 30 games at both shortstop and third base in his first major league
season, along with Carlos Baerga (1990).
HOT START: Was a non-roster invitee to spring
training and accompanied the team to Japan
before opening the year at Triple-A Pawtucket...
Purchased from the PawSox when Mike
Lowell was disabled on April 10...Started at
3rd in his major league debut on April 15 at
Cleveland and singled off Rafael Perez in 7th
inning for his first career hit.
Hit safely in his first 8 games with an at-bat at
.357 (10-28) through April 26...Matched the
2nd-longest batting streak for a Red Sox player to begin a major league career since 1956...Only
Shea Hillenbrand (9 from April 2-12, 2001) had a longer stretch...Had a .310 (13-42) overall average
with one homer and 17 RBI in 17 games before being optioned to Pawtucket on May 11.
Rejoined Boston on July 12 after an injury to Julio Lugo and started 54 of the final 63 games...After
going hitless in 5 at-bats in first 2 contests, hit .341 (29-85) over next 25 games to improve to
.318 through August 17...Was 11-for-21 (.524) in final 6 games of that stretch...Hit .195 (25-128)
over final 37 games...Was still as high as .282 on September 12 before going 8-for-51 (.157) in last
15 contests...Had season-best 3 hits, twice in a 3-game span, August 14 and 17.
RBI AND EXTRA BASES: His 46 RBI were the 2nd-most ever for a Red Sox rookie switch-hitter behind
61 for Reggie Smith in 1967...Drove in 3 runs in big league debut on April 15 in Cleveland,
the most RBI by a Red Sox in his first major league game since Merrill Combs (3) on September 12,
1947...Also had 3 RBI on August 22 at Oakland...Ranked 5th among all rookies with 39 RBI after
the All-Star break, including 20 in 17 games, July 28-August 17.
Posted 15 doubles and 29 RBI in 31-game span, July 28-September 2...Led all rookies with 21
doubles after the All-Star Game...Had 6 2-baggers in 6 games, August 11-17...Connected for first
major league homer off Glen Perkins on May 10 at Minnesota...Other homer was 11th-inning
game winner on August 24 at Toronto.
GLOVE WORK: Committed just 2 errors in 238 total chances at second base, shortstop, and third
base...Handled 154 errorless chances to start his career before a miscue at third base on August
26...Set a major league record for rookie shortstops by handling 155 chances without an error in
49 total games...Fielded .974 (2 E/77 TC) in 45 games at third and handled 6 errorless chances in 3
games at 2nd base, last on May 7...Played short and third in the same game on 16 occasions.
BY THE NUMBERS: Hit .338 (27-for-80) righthanded and .222 (40-for-180) from the left side...Had
a .297 (22-for-74) average with runners in scoring position and was 5-for-15 (.333) with the bases
loaded...Started in the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th spots in the batting order.
WITH PAWTUCKET: Had a .268 average with 5 homers and 32 RBI in 53 overall games for the Paw-
Sox...Hit .309 (43-139) in 36 games in May and June before batting .176 in 9 July contests before
recall to Boston...Had a .277 (36-130) average hitting righthanded and a .250 (17-68) mark from
the left side...Started 47 games at shortstop, 2 each at second and third base, and one at DH.
POSTSEASON: Played in 9 of Boston's 11 post-season games in 2008, including 8 starts, all at shortstop...
Hit .207 (6-for-29) with 2 RBI...Placed 2nd on the club behind Jason Bay (.412) with a .364
(4-for-11) clip in the Division Series vs. the Angels...Hit safely in each of his 3 ALDS appearances,
including a walk-off single in the 9th inning of Game 4 to give Boston a 3-2 win and clinch the
series, 3-1...Lined a 2-out pitch from Scot Shields into right field to score Bay from second base
and become just the 4th rookie ever to end a post-season series with a walk-off hit...Washington's
Earl McNeely (1924 World Series), Seattle's Carlos Guillen (2000 ALDS) and Houston's Chris Burke
(2005 NLDS) are the only others to do it...Was the 3rd post-season series in club history decided
with a walk-off victory: 1912 World Series Game 8 and 2004 ALDS Game 3...Was 2-for-18 (.111)
with an RBI in his next 7 playoff games vs. the Rays.