Bob Melvin

Jharel Cotton remains winless dating back to June 23 (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Grand slam spoils Cotton’s night, carries Royals past A’s

OAKLAND — As Cam Gallagher's towering drive went sailing toward the left-field…

Jharel Cotton remains winless dating back to June 23 (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea (55) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on August 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Melvin on Manaea’s ‘tough stretch,’ Phegley’s recovery

OAKLAND — A day after Sean Manaea endured his worst start of…

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea (55) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on August 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
This is not Boog Powell. But fans like Banjo Man Stacy Samuels will get a chance to watch the young Oakland Athletics player this weekend. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s to get their first look at Boog Powell this weekend

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics called up reliever Michael Brady and newly…

This is not Boog Powell. But fans like Banjo Man Stacy Samuels will get a chance to watch the young Oakland Athletics player this weekend. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Chapman, seen here in August of 2017, is the best defender in the American League. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

If the A’s are ever going to be good, it’s going to be because of these guys

OAKLAND — When Matt Olson arrived in the Coliseum clubhouse at the…

Matt Chapman, seen here in August of 2017, is the best defender in the American League. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jed Lowrie. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Late rally helps A’s snap losing streak, beat Orioles 5-4

OAKLAND — When Bob Melvin arrived at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday,…

Jed Lowrie. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rajai Davis has shown signs of improvement since the beginning of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rajai Davis’ second-half production gives the A’s a legitimate leadoff threat

OAKLAND — Center fielder Rajai Davis’ second stint with the Oakland Athletics…

Rajai Davis has shown signs of improvement since the beginning of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Joyce. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cruz crushes Cotton, M’s take down A’s

Oakland — Jharel Cotton surrendered 886 feet of home runs to Nelson…

Matt Joyce. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Khris Davis should return by Thursday from a groin strain. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Khris Davis connects on his 30th home run, but Mariners win in 10

OAKLAND — Leonys Martin’s 10th-inning blast sunk the Oakland A’s on Tuesday…

Khris Davis should return by Thursday from a groin strain. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Yonder Alonso back in his green and gold days. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Yonder Alonso’s strange return

OAKLAND — Before Tuesday night's game between the Oakland A's and Seattle…

Yonder Alonso back in his green and gold days. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Johnny Cueto gave up five runs on 10 hits in five innings on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Cueto relives injury scare; Parker set for return

AT&T PARK — Johnny Cueto left his Monday night rehab start after…

Johnny Cueto gave up five runs on 10 hits in five innings on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Sonny Gray will start against the A's on Friday, and will likely face Dustin Fowler, the former Yankees prospect for whom he was traded at the deadline in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Melvin will be watching Sonny from afar, while Bochy praises Panda

OAKLAND — Bob Melvin admitted before Monday night's game that the incessant…

Sonny Gray will start against the A's on Friday, and will likely face Dustin Fowler, the former Yankees prospect for whom he was traded at the deadline in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Trade rumors swirl around A's ace Sonny Gray. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s Melvin sounds resigned to departure of Sonny Gray

OAKLAND — Asked about the stress of the MLB trade deadline before…

Trade rumors swirl around A's ace Sonny Gray. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Chris Smith is the most recent late-career pitcher to find new life with the Oakland Athletics. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

The most unlikely starter in pro baseball finds home on A’s

OAKLAND — Of the 12 pitchers who have started games for the…

Chris Smith is the most recent late-career pitcher to find new life with the Oakland Athletics. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso, seen here on March 30, has been struggling in the second half. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Athletics’ ability to hit, finish games remains to be found as Blue Jays complete sweep

The second half hasn’t been kind to three of the Oakland Athletics’…

Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso, seen here on March 30, has been struggling in the second half. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Khris Davis and Matt Chapman celebrate after Davis hit his 27th home run of the season in 2017. Davis began hitting on the field on Sunday, as he rehabs a strained groin. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s blow lead in the ninth, drop second-straight to Rays

OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics starter Chris Smith hasn't gotten a win since June…

Khris Davis and Matt Chapman celebrate after Davis hit his 27th home run of the season in 2017. Davis began hitting on the field on Sunday, as he rehabs a strained groin. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Sonny Gray.(Sarahbeth Maney/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sonny Gray pitches through the noise, carries A’s past Rays

Pitching amid a cacophony of rumor and speculation, Sonny Gray spun 6.1…

Sonny Gray.(Sarahbeth Maney/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Khris Davis hit his 30th home run on Tuesday night. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Homers do in Gossett again in loss to Rays

OAKLAND — Khris Davis crushed yet another home run, but the Oakland…

Khris Davis hit his 30th home run on Tuesday night. (Emma Marie Chiang/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)
If Eduardo Núñez can prove he’s healthy, the San Francisco Giants could send him to a contender who could use his speed and versatility. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

As second-half begins, Bay Area MLB teams navigate lost summer

Bruce Bochy spent his All-Star break confronting an unfamiliar reality. For the…

If Eduardo Núñez can prove he’s healthy, the San Francisco Giants could send him to a contender who could use his speed and versatility. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jesse Hahn.  (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Hahn sent to Triple-A, Blackburn sticking around for another start

OAKLAND — In advance of Sunday's matinee with the Atlanta Braves, the…

Jesse Hahn.  (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)