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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Chris Hatcher (44) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Major League Baseball’s newest position? The Opener

OAKLAND — Bruce Maxwell was stunned, stupefied. "What the f---," the Oakland…

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Chris Hatcher (44) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Frankie Montas pitches for the Oakland Athletics in 2017. (Courtesy Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics: Frankie Montas throws five no-hit innings in A’s starting debut

OAKLAND -- Frankie Montas has 101 minor league starts on his resumé,…

Frankie Montas pitches for the Oakland Athletics in 2017. (Courtesy Oakland Athletics)
Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics: A’s use five double plays to get past Seattle on bullpen day

OAKLAND — If double plays are a pitcher’s best friend, the Oakland…

Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)
Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: A’s drop extra-inning affair to Seattle Mariners

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics have hit well on the road and…

Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Brett Anderson, seen here in his last stint with the A's, got the hard-luck no-decision on Wednesday.

Oakland Athletics: Bullpen saves the day again in shortened Brett Anderson Start; Josh Lucas comes up big and Dustin Fowler homers

For the second consecutive night, the Oakland Athletics lost their starting pitcher…

Brett Anderson, seen here in his last stint with the A's, got the hard-luck no-decision on Wednesday.
Chad Pinder, center, awaits his turn to bat while Khris Davis, left, speaks with an assistant coach and manager Bob Melvin stands by. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Chad Pinder slugs grand slam as A’s clinch series in Toronto

Until the eighth inning of Saturday's matinee in Toronto, the Oakland Athletics…

Chad Pinder, center, awaits his turn to bat while Khris Davis, left, speaks with an assistant coach and manager Bob Melvin stands by. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics: Piscotty homers as A’s clinch series in Boston for first time since 2012

A few exorcised demons, a sentimental moment and a tight finish all…

Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)
Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Joyce, Olson, Davis go deep as A’s beat Red Sox

Sean Manaea didn’t hold the Boston Red Sox hitless again, but the…

Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Canha, left, celebrates with Marcus Semien after the Athletics defeated the New York Yankees in 2016. The two Cal products combined to go 3-for-9 on Friday, with Semien driving in four. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Oakland Athletics: Yusmeiro Petit saves A’s bacon as Oakland pulls away from Yankees with the longball

The Oakland Athletics have been a far stronger offensive team on the…

Mark Canha, left, celebrates with Marcus Semien after the Athletics defeated the New York Yankees in 2016. The two Cal products combined to go 3-for-9 on Friday, with Semien driving in four. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants and A’s: Grading out the Bay Area’s baseball teams after the first month of the season

A common thread connects both Bay Area ball clubs: The Oakland A’s…

Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Melvin hopes change of scenery gets new setup man back on track

OAKLAND — A day after the Oakland A's acquired Blake Treinen from…

Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Sean Doolittle was originally a 2007 A's draft pick.

A’s trade Doolittle and Madson to Nats

OAKLAND — The Oakland A's gutted their bullpen on Sunday morning, trading…

Sean Doolittle was originally a 2007 A's draft pick.