OAKLAND -- The four A's players among the American League top vote getters at their positions remained in their respective places as the third returns for the Midsummer Classic were announced Saturday.
Jed Lowrie remained at a distant fourth place among shortstops with 1,019,861 votes, behind Baltimore's J.J. Hardy (1,871,010), Texas' Elvis Andrus (1,358,412) and Detroit's Jhonny Peralta (1,322,791), but ahead of the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (669,698), who has yet to play this season.
Josh Donaldson held steady in fifth at third base with 500,773 votes, behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (3,277,890), Baltimore's Manny Machado (1,626,209), Texas' Adrian Beltre (1,105,706) and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria (898,422).
And a week after moving from 12th and 13th to 10th and 11th, respectively, left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and center fielder Coco Crisp stayed at 10th and 11th, with 926,611 and 869,151 votes. Baltimore's Adam Jones (2,740,505) is the A.L.'s leader in the outfield, followed by The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (2,710,115) and the Orioles' Nick Markakis (1,463,392), who overtook Torii Hunter of the Tigers.
Hindsight is always 20/20, and yet, you'd have a hard time building a case against sending Jed Lowrie home on a shallow fly ball to right field in the fifth inning of a scoreless game.
Especially with Felix Hernandez on the mound for Seattle and runs at such a premium.
"You've got to take a chance with Felix out there," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "You've got to score a run, absolutely."
Instead, Mariners right fielder Endy Chavez threw a strike to home plate and catcher Henry Blanco applied the tag for the inning-ending and rally-killing double play.
Blanco's game-turning grand slam ensued in the top of the sixth.
It was the second time in as many games the A's had a runner thrown out at the plate.
In the American League West, the A's are 9-0 against new division mate Houston, 5-1 against the Los Angeles Angels and 3-3 versus Texas, but just 3-6 against the Mariners…after sweeping the New York Yankees, the A's have scored two runs in two games against Seattle, and they get to see right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (7-1, 1.79) for the series finale Sunday. He has not allowed an earned run in 28 2/3 innings…John Jaso's career-best nine-game hitting streak ended as he walked twice and grounded out twice.