Sharing time at first, Moss and Carter deliver for A's

Sharing time at first, Moss and Carter deliver for A's

CLEVELAND -- A .256 average, 26 home runs and 59 RBIs in 324 at-bats.

It hasn't been a clear-cut platoon with Brandon Moss and Chris Carter, but the two have combined for some gaudy numbers in their limited time with the A's this season.

The players shared time at first base for Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the season. Now, manager Bob Melvin has tried to find playing time for both in Oakland.

With the lineup near full health, Carter has earned the bulk of the time at first base. Moss has been relegated to more of a reserve role at that spot and in the outfield. On Tuesday, Moss hit behind Carter in the batting order while filling in for an injured Coco Crisp. Both Moss and Carter homered.

"Recently, Carter has been getting the lion's share of the at-bats, but whenever we can mix Moss in there, we feel great about it," Melvin said. "We lose a guy like Coco for the night and we can put Brandon Moss in there and he ends up hitting a homer and getting another hit. We have some weapons, not only in our lineup, but off the bench."

Southpaw Tommy Milone benefited from the duo's power surge on Tuesday, as he earned his team-high 11th win.

"They've done a tremendous job," Milone said. "For both of them to come in, almost at the same time and just lock down that position has been pretty spectacular for us. No matter where they're hitting in the lineup or where they're playing, it seems like they're doing a great job and they've done that since they've been here."