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ARLINGTON, Texas – In Oakland’s final game of the season Sunday, there are several A’s players gunning for some personal marks:
*Jed Lowrie is two doubles short of 50, a number he’s mentioned he’d like to attain.
*Khris Davis would set a personal best with his next homer, and he’d also reach 110 RBIs for the season.
*Marcus Semien wants to get his average over .250.
Often, managers are more likely to be trying to protect players’ numbers on the last day, sitting guys who are batting .300 or the like. Not so for Oakland manager Bob Melvin on Sunday.
“You’re always trying to look at ‘Who can you keep at this average?’ or whatever,” Melvin said. “The good news is there are guys who want to accomplish something, you’re not looking to get someone out of there, where maybe in the past we’ve done that to try to keep someone’s average at a certain spot.
“Marcus is at .249 and I know he’d like to get to .250 but regardless, he was going to play, he’d want to play.”
In addition, the A’s would like to end the season with a positive vibe after dropping two in a row at Texas.
“You’d like to go out on a good note,” Melvin said. “I think we’ve accomplished enough to have a good feeling going into next year but certainly any time you win a game, there’s a better feeling in the clubhouse.”
Melvin said that outfielder Matt Joyce, who came out of Saturday’s game with a left hamstring strain, might be available to pinch hit. Melvin also plans to use back-end-of-the-bullpen guys Chris Hatcher and Blake Treinen Sunday no matter what the game circumstances; no reason to rest them for future games.