Bob Melvin

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HOUSTON — Outfielder Jake Smolinski is drawing a rare start against a right-hander Thursday night, and it appears he could see more playing time at the expense of Billy Burns.

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The month of June began with great optimism for the A’s, as they rang up a fifth consecutive win on the first of the month and were eyeing an upward climb in the American League West standings.

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OAKLAND — Just when the A’s think they have something going in the win column, things take a turn south.

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OAKLAND — The bases were jammed with Giants in the fourth inning as Sean Manaea found himself in one of those situations that have gotten the best of A’s starters so often this season.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Despite the emotional ups-and-downs for his team, and despite what was possibly his most physically demanding game in the past seven years, Ryan Madson managed to thoroughly enjoy

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