Ryan Madson

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HOUSTON — By the end of the season, a hefty percentage of the A’s losses will no doubt blend together in their memories, with no distinct factors separating them from the others.

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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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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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ANAHEIM — The A’s dangled in that odd state of limbo Sunday, trying to see the good of taking three of four on the road, but processing a defeat that never should have happened.

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