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A's hitting woes confuse, frustrate

OAKLAND — A's manager Bob Melvin isn't someone likely to fly off the handle. He's been managing off and on for a decade, and he had a 10-year playing career before that.

Not much comes around that he hasn't seen.

So the A's recent offensive malaise isn't something that's foreign to him. But for the first time Wednesday, Melvin seemed to want to scream his frustration.

He didn't. What he did was get up from his chair in the press conference room and say "That's it" after voicing his displeasure about the A's 5-3 loss to Seattle.

What he said was to the point. The A's are not playing well now, they haven't been for a while. And while Melvin didn't say it, the inference was that unless the level of play improves, the A's aren't going to spend any time playing in October.


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