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44 Brandon Moss RF
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 9/16/1983 | Birthplace: Monroe, GA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Cleveland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 78/58 | Average Draft Position: 169.46
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Indians OF Brandon Moss drives in three runs Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss drove in three runs to lead the Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Reds on Friday.

Moss went 2 for 4 during the game. His biggest hit came in the third inning when he hit a solo home run off Mike Leake.

"I'm going to strike out," Moss said, per MLB.com "You guys better get used to that. That's not going to change. I've always struck out. So, if that's something you want to write about, write about it. But the difference is when I'm not striking out, the balls put in play are driven, they're not missed."

Prior to his two-hit game Friday, Moss had been hitting .200 with one home run in his last five games.


Indians 1B Brandon Moss smacks sixth home run on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Indians slugger Brandon Moss gave his team a little bit of breathing room in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the White Sox. In the top of the eighth, Moss belted his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot off reliever Zach Putnam.

It was Moss' only hit of the game and it was his first home run since May 6. Over his last 10 games, Moss owns a .237/.293/.342 batting line with 11 strikeouts and two walks. 


Indians' Carlos Santana scratched Monday with back spasms


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana has been scratched from the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox due to back spasms, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Santana was slated to bat second against White Sox lefty Chris Sale, against whom he's 10 for 27 in his career, but he'll instead take a seat with the back issue. Brandon Moss will get the start at first base in his place.

The Indians are underdogs (+112) in Chicago on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Indians CF Michael Bourn not starting Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. There is no mention of an injury or other issue here, so it looks like manager Terry Francona is just giving the struggling Bourn a day off. Bourn has actually seen his batting average rise to .218, as he is currently riding a very modest three-game hit streak.

Michael Brantley is moving over to center field, while David Murphy handles left field. Brandon Moss returns to the starting lineup after being rested on Sunday. He will bat fourth and play right field.


David Murphy replaces Brandon Moss in Indians lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Indians right fielder Brandon Moss was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Minnesota. Moss had started in right the last 11 games for Cleveland. 

He's replaced by David Murphy, who makes his third start of the year in right and first since April 18. 

Murphy will bat fifth in the order. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall moves up one spot to replace Moss at cleanup. It's Chisenhall's first time in the four-hole this season.  

The Indians are -160 money-line favorites at home against Minnesota. 


Indians' Brandon Moss hits fifth home run in win over Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss hit his fifth home run of the season in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 10-3 win over the Royals. 

Moss took a 2-1 pitch to deep right field for the solo homer. He finished the game 2 of 5 with three RBI. The other two RBI he recorded came on a double to right field in the seventh inning. 

Moss is now hitting .241/.298/.506 this season. 


Indians RF Brandon Moss homers again in another defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) The Indians are a mess. Newcomer Brandon Moss used to be a mess. But he's not anymore.

Moss continued his surge at the plate in a Tuesday night loss to Kansas City by smashing a three-run homer in the sixth inning to give his team a quickly blown lead. Moss added a single, giving him seven hits and 12 RBI in the last five games. His slugging percentage has soared from .286 to .527 since April 21.

His .236 batting average is a season-high.


Brandon Moss gets two more RBI for Indians


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Indians right fielder Brandon Moss continued his big weekend against Detroit. Two RBI on Sunday gave him nine in the three-dame series. 

Moss went 2 for 3 and scored once. He's now hitting .224 with 11 RBI. 


Indians OF Brandon Moss breaks out with two HRs, seven RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss homered twice and totaled a career-high seven RBI during a 13-1 rout of the Tigers on Friday.

Moss got the offense going early Friday, as he had a two-out, two-RBI double in the first inning off Shane Greene. 

Moss then greeted reliever Alex Wilson in the fifth inning with a three-run homer to right field. He finished off his offensive outburst with a two-run homer off reliever Al Alburquerque in the ninth inning.

Moss' previous high was six RBI, which he also had in a game against the Tigers in 2013. He has had seven multihomer games in his career.

Moss is batting .214 with three home runs and nine RBI in 13 games.

"You want to impress," Moss said, per MLB.com. "You want to get off to a good start. But mainly, when the offense is struggling, you want to be something that sparks and ignites it, to help out and do what you're supposed to do.

"I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to come out of it quicker than I was coming out of it. The pressure mounts on you, and you start looking at the scoreboard and seeing it go .048, .032, and you're like, 'What in the world?' It's just one of those things that can weigh on you. I knew I would come out of it. It was just wanting to come out of it sooner."


History at Target Field could factor into Indians' Moss snapping slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) It has been well-documented already that Indians outfielder Brandon Moss is not off to a good start offensively. The 31-year-old slugger is batting just .100 (2 for 20) with no home runs and one RBI in seven games.

Well, Friday against the Twins could serve as a good opportunity for Moss to put an end to his struggles since Mike Pelfrey will be on the mound. Moss has had some success against Pelfrey in his career, batting .500 (5 for 10) with one double, two RBI and one walk.

Moss also has had success at Target Field. In six games, he is batting .333 (8 for 24) with one home run, three doubles, seven RBI and eight runs.


Indians' Francona confident Brandon Moss will get on track


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss got a day off Wednesday against the White Sox after striking out four times Tuesday. 

While the Indians have faced five left-handed starters in eight games, the left-handed hitting Moss hasn't fared well against right-handed pitchers either. He is batting .083 (1 for 12) against righties, while batting .125 (1 for 8) against lefties.

"I'm kind of conflicted in my approach right now," Moss said, per Cleveland.com. "I'm getting a lot of offspeed pitches early in the count. So do I go up looking for that or do I stick to my middle-of-the-field approach?

"(Tuesday) was one of those nights where I was trying to see more pitches to find that timing and comfort zone. But everytime I looked up I was 0-2 or 1-2 and it's really hard to hit that way. It's one of the things where the more pitches you see and better at bats you start to put together, it will come."

Moss struck out 153 times in 500 at-bats with the A's last season.

"There is some swing-and-miss in his game which we knew," manager Terry Francona said. "He's going through it right now. In spring training, he came out and was hitting the ball all over the place with no at-bats under his belt.

"Now he's going through his rough little stretch, but that will change. There's a lot of production in that bat and we'll see it."


Indians' Brandon Moss trying to shake off slow start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) First baseman Brandon Moss was 2-for-2 with two walks and a double in the Indians' loss to the Tigers on Sunday, his best game of the young season as he tries to make an impact with his new team. 

Moss, who was acquired from Oakland in the offseason, blasted five home runs in spring training, but started the regular season in an 0-for-12 funk before registering his first hit last Friday. 

"It felt good," Moss told Cleveland.com. "It was definitely a frustrating little thing to go through, but you go through those things. The biggest thing is to remember you've done those kind of things before and that you'll get a hit eventually."

Moss has three hits in 16 at-bats, but has drawn four walks this season. 


Brandon Moss hits fourth spring homer for Indians


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss hit his fourth home run of the spring on Tuesday, hitting a two-run shot off Felix Hernandez. 

Moss went two for three with three RBI. The performance raised his spring average to .297. He has eight RBI on the spring.  


No setbacks for Indians' Brandon Moss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss has come almost all the way back from hip surgery last October. 

"I was cautiously optimistic," Moss said, per MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. "To be honest, I was very surprised at how fast it started going. I didn't have any setbacks. It shocked me."

Moss was hoping to be ready by Opening Day, but he's already playing, causing manager Terry Francona to say that the team is "beyond pleased." 

"He's the one asking to play the outfield," Francona added. "We keep saying, 'Do you want to DH?' 'No.' It's pretty obvious how hard he's worked, and I think it's really going to pay off for us."


Michael Brantley and Cody Anderson scratched from Indians game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) The Indians continue to battle a stomach bug that's spreading through the locker room. 

On Sunday, outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Cody Anderson were scratched after being laid up with flu-like symptoms. 

Meanwhile, Brandon Moss, who missed the last two games with illness, returned to the Indians lineup on Sunday. Moss was fourth in the Indians' lineup, playing right field. 


Stomach illness prevents Brandon Moss from playing Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss was scratched from the spring lineup Friday due to a stomach illness, per The Plain Dealer. Moss was slated to play in the outfield for the first time this spring coming off October hip surgery.

Moss is batting .500 (3 for 6) with one triple, two home runs, two RBI, two runs and two strikeouts in two spring games.


Indians' Brandon Moss homers in spring training debut


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) In his first game wearing an Indians uniform, Brandon Moss hit a leadoff home run in the seventh inning of Cleveland's 4-3 loss to the Mariners. 

Moss was the Indians' designated hitter and went 1-for-3 for the afternoon. 

"The fact that he's out here and looks so healthy is really exciting for us," Indians manager Terry Francona said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Indians' Brandon Moss to make spring debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss will make his Cactus League debut Monday, serving as the team's designated hitter, WTAM.com reports.

Moss was initially expected to be sidelined until mid-March while working his way back from offseason hip surgery, but manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that he was "streaking" through his rehab. Moss ran the bases at full speed Saturday, MLB.com reports.

"[He] ran a couple singles, first to thirds, doubles, second to home -- he did everything," Francona said. "I was actually amazed with how good he looked. He's going to do it again [Sunday]. We're going to take him out and make sure he slides on the mats."

Moss hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats last season.


Indians' Francona: Brandon Moss 'streaking' through rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that outfielder Brandon Moss has been "streaking" through rehab, MLB.com reports.

"He's streaking along, actually. It's hard to slow him down," Francona said. "He's passing every test they give him. ... He's coming quick. I don't know the date he'll be in a game, but surprisingly, it's not going to be really far off. He's doing a really good job."

Francona said Monday that Moss, who was able to run the bases Monday, may be slightly ahead of his initial estimate of mid-March for his spring debut. The outfielder underwent hip surgery in October after hitting .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats last season.


Francona provides updates on Brantley, Kipnis, Moss, Swisher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday outfielder Michael Brantley (back) will likely make his spring debut Thursday against the Reds, per MLB.com. He added second baseman Jason Kipnis (hand) might not be far behind.

Francona also said Brandon Moss (hip) might be slightly ahead of a mid-March estimate to make his spring debut. However, the mid-March timetable for Nick Swisher (knees) hasn't changed.


Indians' Brandon Moss 'puts on show' in first BP of the spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss took batting practice for the first time this spring, and slightly ahead of schedule. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, he was "putting on a show" with plenty of towering shots to right field.

"I was just trying to find some quick twitch in there instead of letting my huge muscles take over," Moss said after the session.

Moss underwent surgery in October to repair the damage to his injured left hip. He fought through pain in the hip late last season after dealing with stiffness early in the year. He hit 234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats last season.


Indians' Brandon Moss: 'I feel outstanding'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss is extremely optimistic about being ready by opening day and has looked and felt good in the early portion of spring workouts, MLB.com reports.

"I feel really good. I'm hitting all the marks," Moss said. "I'm ahead on a lot of what we're doing. I feel great. Obviously, they have a timetable and a frame in which they're trying to keep me to make sure everything goes as planned, but right now I feel outstanding. It's going much better than even I anticipated it going. It's looking really good right now."

Moss underwent surgery in October to repair the damage to his injured left hip. He fought through pain in the hip late last season after dealing with stiffness early in the year.

"I was surprised at how well I was doing early in the year to be honest," he said. "The hip was so bad. That's one of those things that happened the way it happened. It's over with. ... You move on and, shoot, I've got a great opportunity here with this team. You talk about a good core group of guys, this team has it, and it's a team that's been trending in the right direction. It's a great place to be, and I'm pumped."

Moss hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats last season.


Indians' Francona not committing to Brandon Moss for Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss is expected to be healthy enough to play games by mid-March after recovering from a hip injury. However, it remains to be seen whether Moss will be ready by Opening Day. 

Manager Terry Francona is not ready to say whether that will happen or not, according to MLB.com.

Moss hit .234 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 plate appearances in 2014 for the Athletics.


Indians' Brandon Moss hoping to be cleared by mid-March


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss is hoping to be cleared for games by mid-March, according to MLB.com.

Moss is coming off hip surgery, and is progressing through hitting and running drills. He has not experienced any setbacks, and is hoping to start more specific running drills in about 10 days. The club is hoping Moss will be cleared for hitting on the field in early March, and will be cleared for games by mid-March. 

Moss hit .234/.334/.438 over 500 at-bats last year. 


Indians' Brandon Moss hoping to be in starting lineup Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Newly acquired outfielder Brandon Moss is hoping to be in the starting lineup for the Indians Opening Day, but knows he needs to be healthy for the duration of the season.

"It's important to be healthy throughout the season," Moss said. "At the same time, my goal is to be ready for Opening Day. That should be everyone's goal, and be there for 162 games. I'm not afraid to say that. At the same time, what is best for the team and myself is to be 100 percent."

Moss is coming off of hip surgery in October after playing through pain for much of the 2014 season. He hit .234 with 25 home runs with 81 RBI with the Athletics last season.

I want to be healthy and do the things I do," Moss said. "And hopefully do what I can do with a full year of at-bats and health. Last year, before everything started to go south, I was figuring out my approach to all pitchers. Now, it's just a game of adjustments. I'm not going to put numbers on it, but I can have a special year, especially coming to this park."