Bob Melvin

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OAKLAND – It was an encouraging sign for the A’s that third baseman Danny Valencia was back in the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay, after missing Saturday’s game with soreness in his right leg.

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BALTIMORE – A’s manager Bob Melvin wasn’t around for the final four innings of Monday’s loss.

Then again, he’d seen enough.

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BALTIMORE – The A’s talked a much better game in the clubhouse Sunday afternoon than they played on the field, which wasn’t the toughest thing to do following an 18-2 loss.

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BALTIMORE – He’d been away from the big league club for roughly two months, but Pat Venditte got reintroduced to the emotional knockout punches that A’s losses can deliver.

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BALTIMORE – If Sonny Gray comes out of Saturday’s bullpen session feeling good, the A’s ace will return to the rotation Monday against the Orioles, manager Bob Melvin said.

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