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Jed Lowrie healthy and hitting for Oakland

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 22, 2013 05:22 PM

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On Sunday, for the second straight game, Jed Lowrie went hitless. His 0-for-2 dropped his batting average all the way down to ... .382.

In his first season with the Athletics, Lowrie is feeling healthy and stronger than he did during the injury-plagued seasons he spent in Boston. He also is off to one of the best starts in the American League, with the third-best average. He is tied for second in doubles (8), third in multi-hit games (8), fourth in on-base percentage (.462), fifth in hits (26), sixth in runs (14), and seventh in slugging (.632) and RBIs (14).

Never feeling like himself as he battled through wrist injuries with the Red Sox, Lowrie said being healthy has been the difference.

"I feel all sorts of difference," he said. "I feel like I'm able to drive balls. For a couple of years here, I was dealing with a wrist injury. Broken wrist in 2008, then surgery in 2009 and didn't really feel 100 percent from that surgery until really late 2010. And, you know, hands and wrists in baseball is everything.

"So I dealt with those injuries for a long while. But I feel, when I'm 100 percent, I can drive through balls and I can execute my approach as a player.

In four seasons with the Sox, Lowrie hit .252 with 19 home runs and 117 RBIs, playing just 256 games. Since then, he has made stops in Houston and Oakland, and he tries not to think about what might have been in Boston.

"I think things play out for a reason, and for whatever reason, it didn't work out in Boston," Lowrie said. "I don't know why, but I enjoyed my time here. I enjoyed my teammates and the fans.

"But I feel like looking back on it might be a little bit of a waste of time because I'm here now and I'm focused on what I can do to help the Oakland As at this point."

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