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Everidge sees The Show for first time

Everidge sees The Show for first time

BOSTON -- After Triple-A Sacramento manager Tony DeFrancesco announced to his team Monday that first baseman Tommy Everidge was being called up to the A's, a few of Everidge's teammates with Major League service time told him what to expect.

"They said, 'It's just like big league camp,'" Everidge said Tuesday after arriving on a plane from Denver for the second game of a four-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The teammates were simply trying to help, of course. But Everidge, a 10th-round pick out of Sonoma State in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, has never been to big league camp.

No matter. He's in the big leagues now, called up to take the roster spot vacated by disappointed first baseman Daric Barton, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Barton suffered the injury Sunday while stretching to take a throw at Yankee Stadium.

"It feels 10 times better today than it did yesterday," Barton said. "I was hoping they'd give me a couple of days to see how I feel and go from there ... but I understand they need a guy. It's always frustrating to go on the DL when you don't think you'll be out two weeks, but it's out of my control.

"It's just another bump in the road. It happens to a lot of people."

Barton, who spent much of the season at Sacramento before taking over at first base for Oakland when Jason Giambi was placed on the DL with a strained right quad on July 20, gave Everidge a ringing endorsement.

"He rakes," said Barton, who was batting .176 (3-for-17) since his most recent promotion. "I only saw him for about two weeks before I got called up, but he was smashing the ball. He's got a nice swing, real consistent approach. He's a strong kid."

Barton, 23, is more of a kid than Everidge, 26, but everything else about Barton's scouting report screams of accuracy.

A 6-foot, 275-pounder from Santa Rosa, Calif., Everidge, whose barrel chest and massive thighs call to mind the body type of former big leaguer Pete Incaviglia, was batting a team-high .382 (66-for-173) with 15 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBIs, a .432 on-base percentage and a .636 slugging percentage in 43 games at Sacramento.

He homered twice Sunday and hit safely in both ends of a doubleheader Monday, extending his Triple-A hitting streak to 13 games. Everidge batted .510 (25-for-49) with eight multi-hit games, five doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs during that span.

"He was on quite a streak," said A's manager Bob Geren, who started Everidge at first base and batted him seventh Tuesday. "He's hot right now, so we'll get a chance to see what he can do while he's swinging the bat well."

After opening the season with Double-A Midland of the Texas League, Everidge hit .306 with 18 doubles, eight homers and 53 RBIs in 55 games before his June 9 promotion to Sacramento.

Through Monday, his 136 combined hits led all of Minor League ball, and he ranked third in RBIs (85), fourth in total bases (222), tied for fifth in doubles (33) and tied for 11th in extra-base hits (51).

Everidge, who said he grew up a Giants fan and counted Will Clark as his favorite player, played the entire season at Midland last year, leading the Texas League and the A's farm system in RBIs, with 115. He also batted .279 with 34 doubles and 22 home runs, earning 2008 Texas League midseason and postseason All-Star recognition.

"Earlier this year, I was wondering what I needed to do [to get a shot with the A's]," Everidge said. "This is pretty exciting. A little overwhelming."

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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