Kendall Graveman overcame a bout with the flu, losing 12 pounds in the process, to return to the mound. He threw well on Thursday, but the A's still lost. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s pitcher beats the flu, not the White Sox

The flu bug is flying around Major League Baseball.

The list of players affected through the first week of the season could be the start of an impressive team: Sonny Gray was scratched from a start, Madison Bumgarner struggled with it in his first appearance,  Denard Span missed the series finale on Wednesday, Buster Posey has been linked to the virus, and Brandon Phillips missed a pair of games.

But, A’s starter Kendall Graveman might’ve gotten the worst of it, reportedly losing 12 pounds.

The righty recovered to  provide his team with a solid start on Thursday with one costly mistake in the form of a Jose Abreu two-run homer. That was all the White Sox would need to win as the A’s were limited to one run on four hits.

California love

MLB: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts retired a Giant. So he was asked for his unique perspective on the best rivalry on the West Coast on Thursday:

“These are two amazing franchises and I think both teams need one another,” he said.

“It’s great for baseball.”

The fans’ enthusiasm at AT&T Park for the home opener confirmed as much.

Hufnagel out for good

NCAA: Yann Hufnagel, the Cal men’s basketball assistant coach ensnared in a sexual harassment case, dropped his appeal Thursday and has resigned.

The university was set to release the results of his review today, according to The Associated Press.

Hufnagel’s legal team released said in a news release last week that a series of text messages it presumed would lessen the heat on its client were turned over to the university.

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