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Game 88 wrapup: All-Star snub of Oakland suggests contributing to winning isn’t a valued commodity

Maybe it’s that West Coast night games don’t get much play back East.

Maybe it’s that ESPN doesn’t show enough highlights of the Oakland A’s.

Maybe it’s that other teams have a couple of great players and the A’s only have a whole bunch of good players.

Whatever the reason, the American League All-Star team announced Saturday is a slap in the face. Not just to the A’s or to the East Bay. But it’s a slap in the face to putting winning teams on the field

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Game 72 wrapup: A’s show late fight behind Lowrie in loss, but seven runs should have been enough

Jed Lowrie collected one of the most difficult walks of his career in the ninth inning Monday.

Squared off with the Rangers’ Joe Nathan with a man on second, Lowrie went to 1-2 quickly, then had to fight his way back to get a walk off Nathan, who had only walked eight men all year.

Manager Bob Melvin called it “a fighting at-bat right there.’’

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