Latest Bob Melvin News

Athletics exercise $5.5 million contract option for Petit

Oct. 31, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Versatile Oakland reliever Yusmeiro Petit had his $5.5 million contract option for the 2020 season exercised by the Athletics on Thursday. The A's declined their half of a $5.75 million mutual option on left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman, who came to Oakland in a trade from Kansas City...

A’s set sights on division after another wild-card loss

Oct. 3, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Manager Bob Melvin knows the Oakland Athletics might need to find a way to win the AL West to guarantee themselves a long playoff series. Pulling past the powerful Astros is the next aim for the A’s, daunting as it might be. Two straight AL wild-card losses following 97-win...

LEADING OFF: A's choose Manaea, Rays start Morton in WC game

Oct. 2, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: THAT'S WILD Oakland tabbed left-hander Sean Manaea (4-0, 1.21 ERA) to start the AL wild-card game against Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old Manaea was sidelined last year when the Athletics lost the wild-card game to the Yankees, and missed most of this season...

Low-budget Rays, A's meet in AL wild card game at Oakland

Oct. 1, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin has been counting on his young Oakland Athletics to build on last season's playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium. Gain some experience under pressure. Get a little feel for October baseball. Understand how much has to go right to win on...

Left-hander Sean Manaea earns AL wild-card start for A's

Oct. 1, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Just more than a year after shoulder surgery, Sean Manaea will make his most important start yet when he takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game. Manager Bob Melvin named Manaea his starter for Wednesday's winner-take-all home game against the Tampa Bay...

Blame it on the juice: Pitchers set for homer-filled October

Oct. 1, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

Justin Verlander didn't intend to alter his pitching strategy, not after 14 seasons as a major league ace. But then the home runs stopped making sense. A long drive by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge? The Houston Astros ace can live with that. This season, though, was full of surprises. Like when spindly utility man...

Pirates fire manager Clint Hurdle after 2nd half collapse

Sep. 29, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the club with a fan base worn down by a generation of losing. Yet over the years, as the core...

Seager homers as Mariners close out with 3-1 win over A's

Sep. 29, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Tanner Roark seemed to describe perfectly the approach of the playoff-bound Oakland Athletics on the final day of the regular season. "I don't know. It was a 12 o'clock game, last game of the season, we've already clinched a wild-card spot, so I'm sure you guys can imagine where our minds...

Athletics beat Mariners' 1-0, will host AL wild-card game

Sep. 29, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson understands the importance of the Athletics hosting the American League wild-card game. "It's like a Raiders game," Anderson said Saturday night. "You get the Black Hole; you get crazy people." Anderson struck out three in five strong innings, Ramon Laureano...

A's clinch wild card spot, tied with Rays after loss to M's

Sep. 28, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Even in the aftermath of a loss that could end up costing them in the race to host the AL wild-card game, the party raged on in the Oakland Athletics clubhouse. Why not? For the second straight year, the A's have found their way into the postseason. "It feels amazing. It feels like this is...