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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.’’

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Game 14 wrapup: Crisp precautionary exit; Moss hurts lefties; Lowrie a hit batting cleanup

Coco Crisp was back in the lineup for Monday’s 11-2 win over Houston, but after he went from first to third on Derek Norris’ double in the eighth inning, he was lifted in favor of Seth Smith, who generally isn’t asked to serve as a pinch-runner.

It seemed as if Crisp may have reinjured the groin that kept him out of games Saturday and Sunday against the Tigers. After the game, manager Bob Melvin said that wasn’t the case.

Instead Melvin was kicking himself for not getting Crisp out of the game earlier. After all, when Crisp walked in the eighth inning, it was the third time he’d reached base and the A’s were holding a 9-2 lead.

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