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Daniel Mengden will get Saturday’s start for A’s, who will spend weekend playing on turf cut up by two NFL games

Daniel Mengden will get called up by the A's to start Saturday vs. the Red Sox.

Daniel Mengden will get called up by the A’s to start Saturday vs. the Red Sox.

Daniel Mengden made the trip from Nashville to Oakland will make Saturday’s start against the Red sox.

Manager Bob Melvin said Mengden, who will be activated before the game, has pitched better that his 1-5 record and 5.73 ERA with Oakland would suggest.

The club likes his assortment of pitches and when they sent him down the last time, it was because they saw signs of midseason weariness in him. He was 8-2 with a 1.67 in his time with Triple-A Nashville.

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Relay play pays huge dividends for A’s in 1-0 win

Max Muncy turned in a relay play that helped save the day for the A's in the first inning Wednesday.

Max Muncy turned in a relay play that helped save the day for the A’s in the first inning Wednesday.

It was the kind of play you’d expect established veterans to have a chance of making. The tight fielder gets quickly to the ball, throws to the second baseman, who relays the throw to the plate for the out.

Except for the “established veterans’’ part, the A’s first inning was scripted just like that. The right fielder was Danny Valencia, who has spent most of his season as Oakland’s starting third baseman. Then there was Max Muncy, who’d been trying to learn to play third base when the A’s need for a second baseman came up.

And the catcher was Bruce Maxwell, the backup who gets only occasionally opportunities to play behind starter Stephen Vogt.

For all their inexperience at their positions Wednesday, those three pulled off the play that saved the A’s in a 1-0 win over the Orioles.

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Hill likely back on Sunday, but A’s still a starter short with Daniel Mengden sent down; Dillon Overton could go Saturday

Rich Hill is optimistic he will start Sunday, but with Daniel Mengden sent down, A's still need Saturday starter.

Rich Hill is optimistic he will start Sunday, but with Daniel Mengden sent down, A’s still need Saturday starter.

The A’s have sent their scheduled starter for Saturday, Daniel Mengden, to the minor leagues, leaving couple of open spots in the rotation for this weekend in Cleveland.

Rich Hill, Oakland’s winningest pitcher at 9-3, 2.25, hopes he’ll start Sunday against the Indians. After making 20 throws from 60 feet without a bandage covering his blistered left middle finger and 50 throws in a regular bullpen session with the blister covered, Hill said “I do think it’s real possible I can pitch on Sunday.’’

There is, always, the chance that Hill could be traded between now and then, but he doesn’t want to go and the A’s don’t seem in any hurry to pull the trigger on a deal. Sunday could be big, because it’s the day before the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

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Jesse Hahn’s return to Triple-A just a matter of A’s schedule while Oakland doesn’t know when Rich Hill will pitch again

Jesse Hahn had a pretty good idea he was only coming up for one start, thanks to a schedule quirk.

Jesse Hahn had a pretty good idea he was only coming up for one start, thanks to a schedule quirk.

Jesse Hahn, brought up from Triple-A to start Sunday, left the game having not allowed a run in 7.2 innings.

When his teammates left after the game for Arlington, Texas, Hahn remained behind and will fly Tuesday to a different destination. He will be heading back to Nashville to rejoin the Triple-A Sounds.

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With Overton down, A’s are going to need a Sunday starter; they say Rich Hill won’t be ready to go by then

With lefty Dillon Overton having been sent down, A's will need someone else to start Sunday vs. Rays.

With lefty Dillon Overton having been sent down, A’s will need someone else to start Sunday vs. Rays.

The A’s sent down Tuesday’s starter, Dillon Overton, to get infielder Arismendy Alcantara back, and immediately gave him Wednesday’s start at second base.

The A’s needed the depth in the infield with Tyler Ladendorf having been sent down Tuesday, but the move complicates the A’s rotation near-term.

Oakland will need to fill Overton’s slot on Sunday against Tampa Bay, and the only thing they A’s are sure of is that Rich Hill, the man Overton was subbing for, won’t be ready to pitch come Sunday.

“I don’t see that happening at this point,’’ manager Bob Melvin said of getting Hill back for the Rays. “We’ll have to do something different.’’

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Alvarez scheduled for bone chip removal on Tuesday; onslaught of errors has Melvin vowing improvement

R.J. Alvarez got the word Friday he'll have bone chips surgically removed Tuesday.

R.J. Alvarez due to have bone chips removed Tuesday.

A’s reliever R.J. Alvarez, who was going to have a tough time making the A’s opening day roster, will start the season on the disabled list.

The club said Friday morning Alvarez, a right-hander whose fastball reaches 97 mph when he’s right, had developed some bone chips in the right elbow and those will be removed Tuesday by A’s team orthopedist Dr. Jon Dickinson in the Bay Area.

“They’ve been bothering him for a while now,’’ manager Bob Melvin said of Alvarez’s bone chip issue. “In his last game, he threw 18 or 19 pitches and the bone chips really started to bother him.’’

Alvarez said he’s never had surgery of any kind before this, and while he wasn’t looking forward to it, it was an easing of the mind to know that there was nothing more seriously wrong with the elbow.

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Alonso completes long trip from Cuba to Oakland

Cuban-born Yonder Alonso will get his first start at first base for A's Thursday in Cactus League opener against Angels in Tempe, Ariz.

Cuban-born Yonder Alonso will get his first start at first base for A’s Thursday in Cactus League opener against Angels in Tempe, Ariz.

Yonder Alonso was 10 when he and his younger sister, Yainee, were uprooted from their home in Cuba and brought with their parents to live in the United States.

Their father, Luis, had been a catcher for Havana’s Industriales of Serie Nacional, then coached after an arm injury curtailed his time as a player. He and his wife, Damarys, made the difficult decision to leave the past behind and head for Florida and new opportunities.

“We were leaving everything behind,’’ Alonso said Wednesday in the A’s spring training camp, of what was a scary time.

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A’s turn to backup backstops with Vogt, Phegley ailing; Anderson, McBride join Chapman in going deep in sim game

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are out of Cactus League opener for A's

Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley are out of Cactus League opener for A’s

The A’s will be short of catchers for the first part of spring training with Josh Phegley joining Stephen Vogt in being counted out of Thursday’s opener against the Angels at a minimum.

No problem; minor league catchers Bryan Anderson and Matt McBride hit solo homers in a 6½-inning simulated game Tuesday. They will be part of the mix getting playing time with the Cactus League starting Thursday, joining Carson Blair and Bruce Maxwell.

“Maxwell and Blair will be the (main) guys with Vogt and Phegley down for a bit,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “Those are the two guys that would start for the split-squad (Friday). And this is a big opportunity for them, especially Maxwell. He hasn’t had an opportunity to play as much as he’s going to. It’s a big year for him.’’

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