Bob Melvin

Jed Lowrie strikes out in the eighth inning of Thursday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s hitting disappears in series finale vs. White Sox

OAKLAND — Four games, 10 runs, three losses and a plethora of…

Jed Lowrie strikes out in the eighth inning of Thursday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)
Former Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (Ben Margot/2015 AP)

Aldon Smith poised to return to the Raiders … after his suspension ends

I’M WITH DONALD Watching golf hasn’t been the same since Tiger Woods…

Former Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (Ben Margot/2015 AP)
Rich Hill was the surprise Opening Day starter for the Oakland A’s after their ace Sonny Gray was hospitalized with food poisoning on Monday. Hill lasted just 2.2 innings before being pulled. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

New season, same old A’s

OAKLAND — For the A’s, the nightmare of an opener began long…

Rich Hill was the surprise Opening Day starter for the Oakland A’s after their ace Sonny Gray was hospitalized with food poisoning on Monday. Hill lasted just 2.2 innings before being pulled. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Steve Kerr was unsure how to address one of the teams he played for versus the team he now coaches in Sunday’s pregame press conference in Oakland. They’re two of the best teams of all time, so that’s one of those good problems to have. (Ben Margot/AP)

Steve Kerr doesn’t know if Bulls or Warriors are ‘they’

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, a member of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls…

Steve Kerr was unsure how to address one of the teams he played for versus the team he now coaches in Sunday’s pregame press conference in Oakland. They’re two of the best teams of all time, so that’s one of those good problems to have. (Ben Margot/AP)
Jed Lowrie celebrates after sliding to score an inside the park two-run home run against the Giants in an exhibition game on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)

Players muse about settling the Battle of the Bay the old-fashioned way

Once upon a time, the Battle of the Bay wasn’t just a…

Jed Lowrie celebrates after sliding to score an inside the park two-run home run against the Giants in an exhibition game on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)
Sean Doolittle is entering the season healthy and the A’s front office made moves in the offseason to bolster a rock-bottom bullpen. Will it be enough to save the team from back-to-back last-place finishes? (Chris Carloson/AP)

A’s address horrible bullpen, others impediments remain

After blowing up the bullpen and importing a new one, the A’s…

Sean Doolittle is entering the season healthy and the A’s front office made moves in the offseason to bolster a rock-bottom bullpen. Will it be enough to save the team from back-to-back last-place finishes? (Chris Carloson/AP)
Giants fans have come to expect a championship during the even years of the 2010s. The team’s front office showed it’s committed to delivering another World Series by spending during the offseason. But spending money doesn’t guarantee results; that’s why they play the games. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Even years and errors: Differing expectations await Bay Area MLB teams

The Even Year Odds. That’s the headline in the regional edition of…

Giants fans have come to expect a championship during the even years of the 2010s. The team’s front office showed it’s committed to delivering another World Series by spending during the offseason. But spending money doesn’t guarantee results; that’s why they play the games. (Darron Cummings/AP)
Sacramento River Cats fans will be in for a treat during the early part of this season as Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker should put on a show against minor-league competition. (Ben Margot/AP)

No Sacramento discount for Giants fans

The Giants return to Northern California today to play the Sacramento River…

Sacramento River Cats fans will be in for a treat during the early part of this season as Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker should put on a show against minor-league competition. (Ben Margot/AP)
Mark Canha watches as a fan catches a two-run home run hit by the Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin during the fifth inning of a spring training game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Jesse Hahn’s spring of struggle continues

MESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis tripled and doubled for the A’s and…

Mark Canha watches as a fan catches a two-run home run hit by the Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin during the fifth inning of a spring training game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Klay Thompson has been piping hot lately. It’s possible Andre Iguodala’s words last year assured the shooting guard catching fire at this point of the season.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Warriors’ Thompson is gettin’ Iggy with it at right time

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson is so hot, he showers at halftime. So…

Klay Thompson has been piping hot lately. It’s possible Andre Iguodala’s words last year assured the shooting guard catching fire at this point of the season.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Hunter Pence, right, celebrates with Miguel Olivo and manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a home run against the Oakland A’s in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 6-4 loss on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Hunter Pence homers in Giants’ loss to A’s

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hunter Pence hit a home run and Jeff Samardzija…

Hunter Pence, right, celebrates with Miguel Olivo and manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a home run against the Oakland A’s in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 6-4 loss on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
A's outfielder Coco Crisp does the Bernie Lean after driving in the game-winning run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th inning of a game in 2012.  (Ben Margot/2012 AP)

A’s less in love with the Coco

At 36, Coco Crisp serves more as a reminder of our own…

A's outfielder Coco Crisp does the Bernie Lean after driving in the game-winning run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th inning of a game in 2012.  (Ben Margot/2012 AP)
Danny Valencia hit a homer on Thursday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

A’s, Mariners combine for 22 runs in spring training game

MESA, Ariz. — Robinson Cano belted a single that didn’t count and…

Danny Valencia hit a homer on Thursday. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman cannot make a play on a ball hit by Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus during the fourth inning of a spring training game on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. (Darron Cummings/AP)

A’s spring error issues persist against Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Adrian Beltre hit his first spring homer and drove…

Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman cannot make a play on a ball hit by Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus during the fourth inning of a spring training game on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. (Darron Cummings/AP)
Trayce Thompson, brother of Klay, homered on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Klay Thompson’s brother homers vs. Athletics

MESA, Ariz. — Kenta Maeda pitched three scoreless innings in his second…

Trayce Thompson, brother of Klay, homered on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Sonny Gray will be the Athletics' opening-day starter, a decision that surprises no one. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Sonny Gray toes rubber in spring training game, announced opening-day starter

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sonny Gray pitched three innings in his first start…

Sonny Gray will be the Athletics' opening-day starter, a decision that surprises no one. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Mark Ellis, right, high-fives Ron Washington as he rounds third base during a game against the Tampa Bay Devils Rays in June 2005. Ellis, who has since retired, rejoined Washington and the Oakland A’s on Monday as a special instructor. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2005 AP)

Mark Ellis reunites with Ron Washington to boost A’s infield

MESA, Ariz. — Mark Ellis sprang out of the Oakland clubhouse just…

Mark Ellis, right, high-fives Ron Washington as he rounds third base during a game against the Tampa Bay Devils Rays in June 2005. Ellis, who has since retired, rejoined Washington and the Oakland A’s on Monday as a special instructor. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2005 AP)
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Eric Surkamp is preparing for his season with the team across the bay. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Former Giants pitcher relishing opportunity with Athletics

MESA, Ariz. — Eric Surkamp is getting a chance to make a…

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Eric Surkamp is preparing for his season with the team across the bay. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, left, speaks beside general manager Billy Beane during a media conference Wednesday after receiving a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2018 season. (Ben Margot/AP)

Last-place A’s reward Melvin

Not only do some nice guys finish last, they also get two-year…

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, left, speaks beside general manager Billy Beane during a media conference Wednesday after receiving a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2018 season. (Ben Margot/AP)
Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin signed a two-year extension with the ball club on Wednesday. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Love that Bob, but Melvin should want more

Balls likes Bob Melvin. Has for a while. Good guy. Knows baseball.…

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin signed a two-year extension with the ball club on Wednesday. (Eric Risberg/AP)