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Angels, A’s not ready to make this weekend `crucial’

There were suggestions that this weekend’s series in the Coliseum between the A’s and the Angels was crucial.

With two-thirds of the season left and the A’s only up in the American League West by 1½-games, that didn’t fly with the Angels.

Second baseman Howie Kendrick just pointed to the calendar.

“It’s May, man. I think every game is important,’’ he said. “It’s important to try to win every game. They’re playing well, we’re playing well, but at end of the day, it comes down to winning games, whether it’s the A’s, Seattle, Houston, anybody, you can’t take any team lightly. We’ve got to win games.’’

A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson said pretty much the same thing.

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Barton convinced ninth inning call wouldn’t be altered

Daric Baton was confident ninth inning call wouldn't be reversed.

Daric Baton was confident ninth inning call Monday against Angels wouldn’t be reversed.

Daric Barton couldn’t see the play at first base in the ninth inning.

He could feel it, though, and that was good enough for him.

Moments after John Jaso’s homer put the A’s in position to score a 3-2 win over the Angels, Oakland reliever Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen and got two quick ground balls.

The first one was routine. The second was bobbled at second base by Nick Punto, who quickly regrouped and fired a throw to Barton. Umpire Chris Segal called base runner Howie Kendrick out, and the Angels howled.

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