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A’s ignore clubhouse note and club Tigers 10-0

On Monday, the following was written on the white board next to where the A’s lineup is posted daily in their clubhouse.

Slow torture vs. Instant kill

Slow torture is a team approach.

Instant kill is an individual approach.

Home runs end rallies, not start them.

Keep pitchers in the stretch and trust your teammates.

Pass the torch if necessary….

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Game of inches goes against the A’s early in loss to Mariners

A's third baseman Josh Donaldson dives in vain for a line drive off the bat of Seattle Mariners' Michael Saunders. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson dives in vain for a line drive off the bat of Seattle Mariners’ Michael Saunders. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

The whole “baseball is a game of inches” is about as old a cliché as there is in baseball. There’s probably a good reason why.

In a matter of four batters on Monday night at the Coliseum, there were three plays that were decided by a few inches that dramatically altered the game. Michael Saunders led off with a sharp liner that deflected off the glove of third baseman Josh Donaldson. Then Stefen Romero singled on a grounder that went off the glove of pitcher Scott Kazmir.

Two batters later, Corey Hart delivered a seeing-eyed single and the Mariners had a 1-0 lead. A second run scored on an RBI groundout, Seattle was up 2-0 early and those two runs were the difference in a 4-2 win.

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Reddick says awesome throw was one of his two best

Josh Reddick has a T-shirt he likes to wear from time to time.

It says simply, “Don’t Run on Reddick.’’

It may be time to break that one out again after the otherworldly throw that Reddick unleashed Saturday night, a bullet from deep right to third base on the fly, enabling third baseman Josh Donaldson to slap a tag on the suitable surprised base runner, George Springer.

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For one night, Johnson was set to be A’s closer again

Jim Johnson was in position to get the save Friday, only the A's scored too many runs.

Jim Johnson was in position to get the save Friday, only the A’s scored too many runs.

In case you were wondering, yes, Jim Johnson was going to get the save opportunity in the ninth inning Friday.

For that to happen, Oakland would have had to score one, two or three runs. Instead they scored seven runs and Johnson wound up not pitching at all.

But the one-time closer would have gotten the call, manager Bob Melvin said.

“It was set up for Johnson tonight,’’ Melvin said. “It was his game to close.’’

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