Lowrie hit by pitch, but dodged some bad karma in Houston

Jed Lowrie, who scored on Josh donaldson's homer immediately after being hit by a pitch Thursday, says he hopes HBP issue is over.

Jed Lowrie, who scored on Josh donaldson’s homer immediately after being hit by a pitch Thursday, says he hopes HBP issue is over.

A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie, who lives in the off-season in Houston where he played in 2012, rents out his house during the season to one of the Astros.

And while he doesn’t want to name names, he said Friday it wasn’t Paul Clemens, the Astros pitcher who has made it an avocation to throw at Lowrie. On Thursday, Clemens hit Lowrie on the backside and promptly got ejected for his pains.

Lowrie was asked what the word might be for renting your house out to someone who his holding a grudge at 60 feet, six inches. Funny? Awkward?

“I’d more describe it as bad karma,’’ Lowrie said. “Fortunately that’s not the case.’’

Lowrie, who has been target by Clemens since bunting in the first inning a week ago Friday in a game in the Coliseum when the A’s had a 7-0 lead, said he can’t wait for this episode of headhunting to be history.

“I thought it was over last weekend,’’ Lowrie said. “I don’t know.’’

A’s manager Bob Melvin said he has not discussed the matter with Astros’ manager Bo Porter, then suggested he might not have to.

“I’d like to move past this,’’ Melvin said. “It’s gone on way too long. I thought we’d moved past it in Oakland.’’

Clemens said Thursday he wasn’t throwing at Lowrie, that the ball just got away from him. He couldn’t get any of the A’s to accept that.

“It was pretty obvious what was going on,’’ Melvin said, who was happy at Lowrie’s reaction, which was to get up and move to first base. “That’s it – don’t dignify it by talking about it anymore.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.