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OAKLAND – A’s manager Bob Melvin said he had a long talk with new closer Jim Johnson to try to help Johnson right the ship after two rough outings to start the season.


OAKLAND – Heavy rain throughout the afternoon left an awkward pregame routine for the Oakland A’s on Opening Night.


SAN FRANCISCO – The exact makeup of the A’s bullpen won’t be known until Saturday’s final cuts, but it appears certain that Oakland will carry three lefties in its seven-man relief corps.


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