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Sean Murphy’s death hits A’s clubhouse hard

The news of the death of former A’s minor league pitcher Sean Murphy Tuesday hit the A’s clubhouse hard.

Many of the players who have spent time working their way through the minor league system were close to Murphy, 27, whose cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

“When I was going through rehab last year he’d had Tommy John surgery and we worked out together all the time,’’ infielder/outfielder Tyler Ladendorf said. “I think we played together for about four years. It’s just a shock. Everybody wants to know what happened.

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Murphy’s move to Sacramento could be sign of the times

When Sean Murphy moved from Philadelphia to Sacramento this off-season, he was sending a message.

Murphy, 25, had lived in Philly his whole life when not playing baseball. But after going 8-8 with a 4.08 ERA for Double-A Midland in the A’s organization last year, the right-hander set his eyes on Triple-A this time around.

Hence the move to Sacramento, home of the A’s Triple-A affiliate, the RiverCats.

“I’m hoping,’’ Murphy said. “I don’t know anything beyond that.’’

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