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Gross gets first start for A's

Gross gets first start for A's

SEATTLE -- For the second consecutive day, A's manager Bob Geren pulled from his bench to fill in his outfield Monday.

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.

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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.

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