Bob Melvin


OAKLAND – With every scoreless inning an A’s starting pitcher puts up, it lends optimism to a season that’s hardly gone as planned for Oakland.


OAKLAND – The A’s welcomed super-utility man Ben Zobrist back to the active roster Monday, and they’ll get another key piece back Tuesday.


Closer Sean Doolittle could return to the A’s on their upcoming homestand that begins Monday, but manager Bob Melvin said he wants give the lefty a couple of outings in non-save situations to star


One swing of Evan Longoria’s bat changed the complexion of Friday’s game, as his three-run homer in the fifth inning put the A’s in a hole they wouldn’t recover from in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay.


Kendall Graveman will be recalled from the minors to start Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters before Thursday’s series opener.