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Check the label: 100% Cotton. #GreenCollar pic.twitter.com/tZFjI979Th — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September…

Kendall Graveman, seen here earlier this season, struggled on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kendall Graveman strong in A’s 1-0 win

OAKLAND — It only took 19 seconds to figure out that the Oakland…

Kendall Graveman, seen here earlier this season, struggled on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
David Ortiz, seen here on Friday night, had a pair of doubles off the wall on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

More of the same: Red Sox crush A’s

OAKLAND — Before the Boston Red Sox bashed the Oakland Athletics on Saturday…

David Ortiz, seen here on Friday night, had a pair of doubles off the wall on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Danny Valencia is one of the few Oakland Athletics players who started the season on the roster. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Season of change rolls on for A’s

OAKLAND — As Sean Doolittle stood in front of his locker in…

Danny Valencia is one of the few Oakland Athletics players who started the season on the roster. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sonny Gray. (Terry Dobbins/Flickr)

No timeline for potential Sonny Gray return

OAKLAND — Bob Melvin couldn't say if Sonny Gray will get the chance…

Sonny Gray. (Terry Dobbins/Flickr)
Billy Butler was released from the Oakland A's on Sunday.. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Red Sox thump A’s

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics gifted David Ortiz a Big Papi-sized bottle of…

Billy Butler was released from the Oakland A's on Sunday.. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Raiders fans and former players and coaches alike all are hesitant to see the team go. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Former Raiders greats express apprehension about possible Las Vegas move

OAKLAND — Three hours before the Oakland Raiders hosted the Seattle Seahawks…

Raiders fans and former players and coaches alike all are hesitant to see the team go. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, seen here Aug. 21, continued his hot streak at the plate on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants suffer tough loss to D’Backs

After his three-walk, four-run fifth inning doomed the San Francisco Giants on…

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, seen here Aug. 21, continued his hot streak at the plate on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke meet again

In an alternate baseball universe — not that far from our own…

Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on August 31, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Moore leads Giants past D’Backs

AT&T PARK — Matt Moore was standing in the dugout when he…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on August 31, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Despite significant regular-season rough patches, Brandon Crawford knows what the Giants can do late in the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants try to figure whether they’re the team of the first or second half

AT&T PARK — Buster Posey didn’t even need to hear the entire…

Despite significant regular-season rough patches, Brandon Crawford knows what the Giants can do late in the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Denard Span continued his stellar second-half play on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants’ bats go quiet in loss to Braves

AT&T PARK — All the injuries are starting to wear on Bruce Bochy.…

Denard Span continued his stellar second-half play on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Everyone contributed for the A's on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians, including Coco Crisp — seen here earlier this month. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sean Manaea finds rhythm, Athletics dominate Cleveland

OAKLAND — After Sean Manaea struck out Francisco Lindor to end the…

Everyone contributed for the A's on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians, including Coco Crisp — seen here earlier this month. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Eduardo Núñez is out of Monday's lineup. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Eduardo Núñez copes with great expectations

AT&T PARK — Eduardo Núñez had just gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts…

Eduardo Núñez is out of Monday's lineup. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joe Panik, seen here on August 17, has improved his play as of late. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Moore stumbles at home again

AT&T PARK — No at bat better epitomized Matt Moore's frustrating Saturday…

Joe Panik, seen here on August 17, has improved his play as of late. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Andrew McCutchen celebrates hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Ugly fifth dooms Giants to sweep by Pirates

AT&T PARK — Before Wednesday afternoon’s game, Bruce Bochy admitted that waking…

Andrew McCutchen celebrates hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joe Panik, seen here on Friday, emerged from his post-concussion slump on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hitters back up Bumgarner with timely hitting

AT&T PARK — After the San Francisco Giants managed only five hits in…

Joe Panik, seen here on Friday, emerged from his post-concussion slump on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Derek Law got the win on Monday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

In Derek Law, a Giants bullpen star is born

AT&T PARK — On an April afternoon, Derek Law was relaxing in…

Derek Law got the win on Monday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Coco Crisp, seen here on Monday, and the Athletics couldn’t complete their late-game rally against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s rally, fall short in finale vs. O’s

OAKLAND — After tumbling into a 7-0 hole early on, the Oakland…

Coco Crisp, seen here on Monday, and the Athletics couldn’t complete their late-game rally against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ryan Madson was proud of his former bullpen mate after Zach Neal's start on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s relievers shine from beginning to end vs. O’s

OAKLAND — Ryan Madson still counts Zach Neal as a member of…

Ryan Madson was proud of his former bullpen mate after Zach Neal's start on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)