Bob Melvin

Franklin Barreto will get an extended look at second with Matt Chapman on the disabled list. (Courtesy Th3TruthPhotos/Flickr)

A’s prospect Franklin Barreto: A short stop for the future

Opportunity arises sooner than expected for A’s prospect  OAKLAND — Tucked in…

Franklin Barreto will get an extended look at second with Matt Chapman on the disabled list. (Courtesy Th3TruthPhotos/Flickr)
Ryon Healy and the Oakland A's disproportionately rely on power to win games. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kings of the longball: Rebuilding Athletics live, die by the home run

Bob Melvin couldn’t tell you why his Oakland Athletics have been such…

Ryon Healy and the Oakland A's disproportionately rely on power to win games. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Vogt goes over grips with Sean Manaea in the Oakland Athletics dugout on May 25. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s cut fan, clubhouse favorite

The A’s are 18.5 games behind the Astros in the standings, meaning…

Stephen Vogt goes over grips with Sean Manaea in the Oakland Athletics dugout on May 25. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Austin Beck takes the field at the Coliseum for batting practice on Tuesday. (Karl Buscheck/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s top pick enters farm system amid Trout-sized comparisons

OAKLAND — Bob Melvin won’t even say the name. Minutes after Austin…

Austin Beck takes the field at the Coliseum for batting practice on Tuesday. (Karl Buscheck/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jesse Hahn calls for the ball as Marwin Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of Thursday's game. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Jesse Hahn’s sloppy outing dooms A’s

OAKLAND — As he was going through warmups in the bullpen, Jesse Hahn…

Jesse Hahn calls for the ball as Marwin Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of Thursday's game. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
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Sonny digs big hole in A’s loss to Astros

OAKLAND — On a night Sonny Gray was facing a potential future…

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Oakland A's pitcher Jharel Cotton, pictured June 13 against the Miami Marlins. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

Cotton, Davis carry A’s to 4-game sweep of Yankees

OAKLAND — On a day when the temperature climbed to 99 degrees…

Oakland A's pitcher Jharel Cotton, pictured June 13 against the Miami Marlins. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)
Bob Melvin discussed Kendall Graveman's recovery on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Melvin talks Father’s Day, offers Graveman update

OAKLAND — Asked about his favorite Father's Day memory before Sunday's matinee…

Bob Melvin discussed Kendall Graveman's recovery on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Young A’s slugger Matt Chapman will get an opportunity to take several at-bats at the big leagues with Oakland struggling through the first half of the season. (Courtesy Minda Haas Kuhlmann/Flickr)

Lost season provides opening for powerful crew of young A’s

Some two-and-a-half hours before Matt Chapman made his major-league debut on Thursday…

Young A’s slugger Matt Chapman will get an opportunity to take several at-bats at the big leagues with Oakland struggling through the first half of the season. (Courtesy Minda Haas Kuhlmann/Flickr)
Khris Davis sent the A's home as winners on Thursday night. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Davis walks off A’s to snap 3-game slide

OAKLAND — Four-hours-and-29-minutes after Sonny Gray delivered the first pitch on Thursday night,…

Khris Davis sent the A's home as winners on Thursday night. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Hahn delivers a win in return from DL

OAKLAND — Making his first start in two weeks, Jesse Hahn didn’t allow a…

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) chases down a ground ball against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 30, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Melvin on sidelined Semien: ‘He’s already got a target in his mind’

OAKLAND — Out since the second week of the season with a fractured…

Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) chases down a ground ball against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 30, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)

Alternative power source: Chad Pinder emerges as unexpected threat for A’s

OAKLAND — The home run traveled to a section of the Coliseum that…

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)
Sonny Gray was sharp for the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A ‘healthy’ Sonny Gray delivers electric performance

Oakland — On a day Sonny Gray recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts…

Sonny Gray was sharp for the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso (17) makes contact with a Miami Marlins pitch at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland on May 23, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Yonder Alonso out of lineup vs. Marlins, Jesse Hahn still under evaluation

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics' injury situation has reached such dire proportions that…

Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso (17) makes contact with a Miami Marlins pitch at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland on May 23, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, seen here in 2017, has seen his offense flounder without Khris Davis. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Chad Pinder goes yard again but A’s drop series finale vs. Red Sox

OAKLAND — A day after booming a home run into the plaza reserve…

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, seen here in 2017, has seen his offense flounder without Khris Davis. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Yonder Alonso is having a career year right before he hits the open market. That’s good news for the soft-spoken, hard-working first baseman. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Yonder Alonso available off bench against Red Sox

OAKLAND — Originally, the Oakland Athletics had planned to play it cautious with…

Yonder Alonso is having a career year right before he hits the open market. That’s good news for the soft-spoken, hard-working first baseman. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Yonder Alonso is having a career year right before he hits the open market. That’s good news for the soft-spoken, hard-working first baseman. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The timely rise of the unassuming Yonder Alonso

OAKLAND — The most unexpected breakout star of 2017 is standing in…

Yonder Alonso is having a career year right before he hits the open market. That’s good news for the soft-spoken, hard-working first baseman. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Andrew Triggs, seen here September 2, 2016, will undergo surgery. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s end homestand on high note behind Andrew Triggs, Chad Pinder

OAKLAND — At the outset of the Oakland Athletics’ now completed 4-2 homestand,…

Andrew Triggs, seen here September 2, 2016, will undergo surgery. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jharel Cotton watches as Ben Revere rounds first base following a home run on Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Long-balls fly in Oakland, A’s lose

OAKLAND — The first two innings of the Oakland Athletics and Los…

Jharel Cotton watches as Ben Revere rounds first base following a home run on Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)