OAKLAND — As right fielder Josh Reddick went hitless in his first three games, his Twitter feed became jammed with superstitious A’s fans asking him to shave his mountain man beard.
The beard’s here to stay, Reddick said Thursday after crushing a two-run home run in the first inning and driving in four runs in Oakland’s 8-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum.
“I think everybody’s getting a little too superstitious too early,” Reddick said. “We’re four games in. Let it go. It’s not like I’m going to go oh-for for the whole year. That’s just fans being fans on Twitter. So I just got to let it go in one ear and out the other. My face. I’ll do what I want with it.”
Reddick had his way with Mariners rookie pitcher Brandon Maurer, who made his major-league debut.
Reddick turned on a 1-2 Maurer fastball in the first inning and sent it deep into the right field seats, snapping a 0-for-10 skid, with Coco Crisp aboard after a leadoff single.
In the A’s three-run sixth, Reddick followed Jed Lowrie’s leadoff double with an opposite-field RBI double off the left-field wall against Maurer and scored on Yoenis Cespedes’ two-run laser shot to left.
Reddick, who led the A’s with a career-high 32 home runs last season, drove in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly in a two-run eighth off Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge.
A’s right-hander A.J. Griffin, who went 7-1 as a rookie last season, held the Mariners to two runs on seven hits over six innings, earning the win.
NOTES: The A’s traded left-hander Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert. The A’s had designated Blackley for assignment on March 29. ... A’s first baseman Brandon Moss left the game after the sixth inning and went to the hospital to be with his pregnant wife, who had gone into labor. ... First baseman Daric Barton cleared waivers and was assigned by the A’s to Triple-A Sacramento.