Gonzalez has doubles vision so far

Gonzalez has doubles vision

OAKLAND -- As Carlos Gonzalez trotted back to first base as he realized his fourth-inning hit to center field was too short for a double, the outfielder shook his head with an "aw-shucks" type of arm movement.

Now it's not all too often a player is a tad disappointed with a base hit, but it's also not too often his first seven hits as a Major Leaguer are doubles -- as was the case for Gonzalez before the single off Ervin Santana on Sunday.

Entering Sunday's series finale against the Angels, Gonzalez was the first player in Major League history to produce extra-base hits for each of his first seven big league hits since Johnny Mize did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936.

"I don't know what it is," Gonzalez said with a slightly giddy laugh before suiting up for Sunday's game. "It's pretty exciting, and I never thought anything like this would happen."

Gonzalez has started all eight games in center field since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on May 30, the same day he made his debut in The Show and went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI.

"Hitting a lot of doubles is something I've been doing the last couple of years," the 22-year-old said. "I've just been working real hard to get that extra base."

Gonzalez, who spent most of the 2007 season at Double-A Mobile before earning a late-season promotion to Triple-A Tucson, tied for the Southern League lead in doubles with 33.

Gonzalez will seek his eighth Major League double against a Yankees team he's never faced. He will be up against Chien-Ming Wang, who has given up 17 two-base hits in 82 2/3 innings through 13 starts this year.

"I'm feeling really good," the rookie said. "I'm just excited to be here and feel so blessed to be making all these big steps already."

Pitching matchup
OAK: LHP Dana Eveland (4-4, 3.82 ERA)
Eveland is coming off consecutive starts in which he lasted just 4 1/3 innings each time. In his previous start against Detroit, he allowed three runs on three hits and a career-high seven walks while throwing 85 pitches in a no-decision. Before allowing 10 runs in his past two starts, Eveland had surrendered just six runs over his first four starts in May.

NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (6-2, 4.57 ERA)
Wang has been struggling lately, going winless in his last six starts with a 6.45 ERA. Wang is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two starts against Oakland, and the Yankees are hoping for similar results in the series opener, as pitching coach Dave Eiland continues to work with Wang on his recent mechanical problems.

Outfielder Emil Brown was out of Sunday's lineup, with manager Bob Geren favoring Jack Cust in left field, Gonzalez in center and Travis Buck in right for the third consecutive game against the Angels. It was the first time Brown had gone back-to-back games without starting this year. ... Buck has started each of the A's nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on May 30, which marks the first time in his career he has started more than seven consecutive games. ... With a single in the third inning Sunday, Bobby Crosby put a halt to his 0-for-14 hitless career against Santana. It was the most at-bats Crosby had against any pitcher without a hit. ... The A's clubhouse has lately given more TV time to the NCAA Super Regional college baseball games rather than Major League matchups. Before stretching on Sunday, A's players gathered around the big screen to catch a couple innings of Florida State battling Wichita State.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Athletics (Justin Duchscherer, 5-4, 2.32) vs. Yankees (Darrell Rasner, 3-3, 2.58), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Thursday: Athletics (Joe Blanton, 3-8, 4.15) vs. Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 5-5, 4.99), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Friday: Athletics (Greg Smith, 3-5, 3.74) at Giants (TBD), 7:15 p.m. PT

Jane Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.