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Game 122 wrapup: A’s in better shape, but worse, too, with 40 games to play; Reddick’s cannon a thing of beauty; Sogard’s superior skill at shortstop

After 122 games last year, the A’s were five games behind Texas, so it’s clearly better that after 122 games this season Oakland trails the Rangers by just 1.5 games.

Right?

Well, maybe.

At this point last year, the A’s had clearly turned a corner. After a stretch of four losses in five games, the A’s had gone 5-1 in Games 117-122. They would only lose 12 of their final 40 games.

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Game 33 wrapup: Resop mired in nasty stretch; Reddick irritated by bases loaded called third strike

Chris Resop knew he wasn’t going to pitch as well all season as he did in the season’s first two weeks.

The right-handed reliever pitched in seven games, didn’t give up a run and barely allowed a loud foul ball.

When the tables turned on him they were vicious.

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