Bob Melvin

A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Against the odds and despite the injuries, Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants are in the hunt

The number surprised even Bruce Bochy, who was seated atop the dugout…

A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Oakland Athletics: Trivino earning more trust, Lucroy helps Mengden and pitching staff

OAKLAND -- On Friday night, Lou Trevino had to get warm quickly.…

Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Jed Lowrie launched his 6th home run of the season in the A’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

A’s walk-off White Sox to cap sweep

OAKLAND — The day after the Oakland A’s hosted the Chicago White…

Jed Lowrie launched his 6th home run of the season in the A’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
A’s starter Daniel Gossett, seen in March against the Giants, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rotations loom as liabilities for A’s, Giants on eve of season

Seated in the visitor’s dugout at AT&T Park, Oakland A’s manager Bob…

A’s starter Daniel Gossett, seen in March against the Giants, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Athletics infield hangs out as a play is reviewed by officials during a MLB game against the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants enter winter in precarious position as A’s sit back and watch young core grow

AT&T PARK — Seated on the edge of the dais, with CEO…

The Oakland Athletics infield hangs out as a play is reviewed by officials during a MLB game against the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s finish home schedule in ‘apropos’ fashion — now comes the hard part

OAKLAND — First things first: Count me out on any and all…

Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Bob Melvin signs contract extension through 2019

The Oakland A's and Bob Melvin have agreed to terms on a…

Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Jharel Cotton won't take the mound again in 2017.  (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Cotton shut down for the year, Olson stakes his claim to everyday role

OAKLAND — Jharel Cotton's 2017 has officially reached its end as the…

Jharel Cotton won't take the mound again in 2017.  (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) bats against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Davis hits No. 42 but ex-A’s sink hosts

OAKLAND — In the penultimate home game of 2017, Khris Davis tied…

Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) bats against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Marcus Semien. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

M’s hammer Gossett, end A’s win streak

OAKLAND — By the time Daniel Gossett staggered off the mound with…

Marcus Semien. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jharel Cotton, seen here in May, delivered five scoreless innings on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s and Cotton sweep past Rangers, win 7th in a row

OAKLAND — Thanks to a five-run fifth inning and a sharp outing…

Jharel Cotton, seen here in May, delivered five scoreless innings on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Matt Chapman, seen here September 6, struggled in the field on Thursday and is headed for an MRI. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s use unusual rally, long ball to sweep past Astros

OAKLAND — Thanks to a bizarre sixth-inning rally and a quartet of…

Matt Chapman, seen here September 6, struggled in the field on Thursday and is headed for an MRI. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics left fielder Matt Joyce (23) swings at a Los Angeles Angels pitch at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 5, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s fall in extras again, lose 8th in a row

OAKLAND — Ben Revere’s 10th-inning tailing line drive snuck just below the…

Oakland Athletics left fielder Matt Joyce (23) swings at a Los Angeles Angels pitch at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 5, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Bob Melvin amateur stockbroker and one more potential call-up

OAKLAND — Back in Bob Melvin's days as the Arizona Diamondbacks bench…

Bob Melvin inked a contract extension on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
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)

Sean Manaea throws six scoreless, A’s bounce back with win over Angels

OAKLAND — Sean Manaea has never been asked to pitch as many…

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)
A’s sweep Rangers behind 9-K day from Cotton

A’s sweep Rangers behind 9-K day from Cotton

OAKLAND — With the Oakland A’s clinging to a 4-3 advantage in…

A’s sweep Rangers behind 9-K day from Cotton
Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Blackburn set for follow-up MRI

OAKLAND — Paul Blackburn's stay on the 10-day disabled list is going…

Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Manny Machado, middle, tags out the Oakland Athletics' Boog Powell, right, on a stolen base attempt in the first inning on Wednesday. Later in the contest, Machado hit a game-winning home run in extra innings. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

A’s attempt to stretch Simon Castro, it doesn’t work vs. Orioles

Before Wednesday, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Simon Castro threw more than two…

Manny Machado, middle, tags out the Oakland Athletics' Boog Powell, right, on a stolen base attempt in the first inning on Wednesday. Later in the contest, Machado hit a game-winning home run in extra innings. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin in August of 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

A’s manager remains popular as ever despite another season of losing

OAKLAND — In the late 1980s, when Bob Brenly and Bob Melvin…

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin in August of 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
Jerry Jones accepts his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Two-faced NFL picks its spots as judge, jury

Many NFL team owners are reluctant to sign free-agent activist Colin Kaepernick…

Jerry Jones accepts his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)