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Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland A’s club five homers, rout San Diego Padres

Even with Khris Davis out of the lineup in a National League…

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 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)
Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Paul Blackburn earns a win in his first start back from injury

OAKLAND -- After Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals, Oakland…

Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland outfielder Khris Davis, center, is congratulated by teammates Mark Canha, right, and Matt Chapman after a two-run homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 11. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Oakland Athletics: Homers sink A’s in Texas, Oakland can’t finish off Matt Moore

Texas Rangers starter Matt Moore entered Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics…

Oakland outfielder Khris Davis, center, is congratulated by teammates Mark Canha, right, and Matt Chapman after a two-run homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 11. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Matt Olson, pictured Sept. 6 against the Angels, hit a home run against the Royals on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Jed Lowrie provides the tiebreaker as A’s rally late to win series at Kansas City

Jed Lowrie’s go-ahead single in the eighth and Matt Olson’s three-run homer…

Matt Olson, pictured Sept. 6 against the Angels, hit a home run against the Royals on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Olson, pictured Sept. 6 against the Angels, hit a home run against the Royals on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson homers twice, Frankie Montas impressive again

Before the Oakland A’s embarked on their two-city mini trip, manager Bob…

Matt Olson, pictured Sept. 6 against the Angels, hit a home run against the Royals on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to 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)

Oakland Athletics: Joyce, Olson, Davis go deep as A’s beat Red Sox

Sean Manaea didn’t hold the Boston Red Sox hitless again, but the…

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)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs, seen here pitching in 2016, is working his way back from the disabled list. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Oakland Athletics: A’s sweep hapless Orioles, face tough stretch ahead

OAKLAND -- For the third time in four games on Sunday, the…

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs, seen here pitching in 2016, is working his way back from the disabled list. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
Against the New York Yankees, Dustin Fowler will bolster an A's offense that has so far leaned heavily on Jed Lowrie, seen here April 7, was the offensive hero during Tuesday night’s victory over the Texas Rangers. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Against the New York Yankees, Dustin Fowler will bolster an A's offense that has so far leaned heavily on Jed Lowrie, seen here April 7, was the offensive hero during Tuesday night’s victory over the Texas Rangers. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
It may be too early to worry about the Giants' offensive woes, but the front office built a team that can’t afford a slow start. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

State of the Sports Union: April brings it all

We are hitting my favorite spot in the calendar. With the rancid…

It may be too early to worry about the Giants' offensive woes, but the front office built a team that can’t afford a slow start. (Kevin N. Hume/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)
Matt Olson. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Olson makes history, A’s come back late to stun Tigers

Oakland Athletics rookie Matt Olson continued his historic tear on Wednesday night…

Matt Olson. (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)
The A's lost for the seventh time in a row on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Olson goes yard twice but A’s lose 7th in a row

OAKLAND — Four-hours-and-38-minutes after Chris Smith delivered the first pitch on a…

The A's lost for the seventh time in a row on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cliff Pennington (7), seen here in May, hit a grand slam on Wednesday against his old team, the Oakland Athletics. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s swept on Cliff Pennington grand slam

The phrase “Cliff Pennington grand slam” would have brought joy to Oakland…

Cliff Pennington (7), seen here in May, hit a grand slam on Wednesday against his old team, the Oakland Athletics. (Jacob C. Palmer/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
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 right fielder Matt Joyce (23) celebrates a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on August 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

After Casilla blows lead, A’s rally past Royals with six-run inning

OAKLAND — After an epic bullpen collapse, the Oakland Athletics scored six…

Oakland Athletics right fielder Matt Joyce (23) celebrates a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on August 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (49) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Young bats back Graveman as A’s drop O’s

OAKLAND — Four months and five days after Kendall Graveman collected his…

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (49) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)