Luke Gregerson


SEATTLE -- Sean Doolittle might be the favorite to close games for the Oakland A’s right now, but manager Bob Melvin reiterated he’ll continue to play matchups in the ninth inning.


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.