Gabe Gross received his first start in left field after collecting just two at-bats in Oakland's previous seven games. He garnered his first hit and RBI of the season as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's contest against the Angels, snapping a career-long 0-for-19 streak dating to last year.
Meanwhile, Opening Day left fielder Travis Buck got his second day off Monday after starting each of the club's first six games -- a span in which he went 4-for-21 (.190), bringing to mind his career April average of .198.
Sunday starter Eric Patterson, who went 0-for-3 while playing left field, is expected to share backup outfield duties with Gross throughout the season. Gross was acquired late in the offseason as a free agent after compiling a .227 average with six home runs in 115 games with Tampa Bay last year.