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Carson Working For His Opportunity

OAKLAND - After eight seasons of trying to break through to the big leagues with the New York Yankees, Matt Carson finally got his opportunity with the Oakland A's in 2009. Signed to a minor league deal, Carson parlayed a standout '09 campaign with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats into a September call-up. This season, Carson has become one of the A's first options when they need an outfielder.

In Matt Carson's career, opportunities to advance have been few and far between, so the 2002 fifth-round pick of the New York Yankees has had to take advantage of what little chances he has gotten. It took six years for Carson to reach the Triple-A level, but once he finally got there, he didn't look back. He posted an 806 OPS for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre in 2008 and has since posted OPSs of...

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