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New music, same results for the A’s Sean Doolittle

Sean Doolittle was back on the mound for the A's Monday after missing 59 games and he brought new music with him.

Sean Doolittle was back on the mound for the A’s Monday after missing 59 games and he brought new music with him.

For most of his big league career, Sean Doolittle has come out of the A’s bullpen to the sounds of Metallica playing “For Whom The Bell Tolls.’’

No more.

When he return to the A’s by walking from the bullpen to the mound to start the seventh inning Monday, it was still Metallica, but this time the song was “Disposable Heroes.’’

None of which seemed to matter to a crowd of 18,149 who’ve been waiting since June to see Doolittle, the one-time A’s closer, on the mound again.

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Ryan Dull benefits from some time off, as do the A’s

Ryan Dull, here paired with catcher Stepohen Vogt, was sharp Sunday after getting almost a week off.

Ryan Dull, here paired with catcher Stepohen Vogt, was sharp Sunday after getting almost a week off.

Ryan Dull, as much as anyone, has been the backbone of the A’s bullpen this year.

The rookie reliever hasn’t gone on the disabled list, ranks in the top 10 in the American League in games pitched, has a 2.32 ERA, has allowed just 14 percent of inherited runners to score and hitters are averaging just .078 against him with runners in scoring position.

Dull was, however, a non-factor in the A’s bullpen in the last week until Sunday, when he reappeared to throw 1.2 scoreless innings in helping the A’s beat the Red Sox 1-0.

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Ryan Dull trying to rediscover his focus in grueling season

Ryan Dull, here paired with catcher Stepohen Vogt, is trying to fight his way out of an August skid.

Ryan Dull, here paired with catcher Stephen Vogt, is trying to fight his way out of an August skid.

When reliever Ryan Dull began the season by not allowing any of the first 36 base runners he inherited to score, the A’s right-hander knew that kind of unprecedented success wasn’t going to last forever.

Six of the last 10 inherited runners he’s faced have scored. And the season overall is starting to catch up with Dull, whose ERA has gone from 1.98 to 2.34 in his last eight games, losing twice and suffering a blown save during that time.

The second of the losses came Monday night when he grooved a pitch that Carlos Santana hit out in the eighth inning for the only run in Oakland’s 1-0 loss to Cleveland. It was a pitch Dull “wanted back” after he said “I pulled it right over the middle of the plate.”

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Healthy Liam Hendriks inheriting bigger roles with A’s

Liam Hendriks has become an integral part of A's bullpen since putting injury behind him.

Liam Hendriks has become an integral part of A’s bullpen since putting injury behind him.

There hasn’t been a more reliable arm in the Oakland bullpen the last eight weeks than Liam Hendriks.

Or as the Aussie right-hander puts it, “I’m finally pitching like the guy they traded for.”

When Oakland traded starter Jesse Chavez to the Blue Jays last November to bolster the bullpen, it was the club’s first major off-season move and an indication of the esteem they had for Hendriks, who was coming off a season in Toronto where he was 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.082 WHIP.

So it was with some alarm that the A’s saw the first 30 games of the season implode on Hendriks, who had an 8.27 ERA, a 1.776 WHIP and a .394 opponents’ batting average in that span. Something had to be wrong, and it was. The club put Hendriks on the disabled list for six weeks with a triceps strain.

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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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Dillon Overton ready for a second crack at A’s rotation

Lefty Dillon Overton returns to the A's rotation Tuesday against Houston.

Lefty Dillon Overton returns to the A’s rotation Tuesday against Houston.

Dillon Overton will be coming off a long break to jump back into the A’s starting rotation Tuesday against the Astros.

The A’s rookie lefty had been preparing for a Monday start for Triple-A Nashville, but his ticket to Oakland got punched when Rich Hill came out of his Sunday start after throwing just five pitches thanks to a blister. Tuesday’s original starter, Sean Manaea, wound up throwing five innings of relief against the Blue Jays.

The Nashville Sounds were just getting back from the Triple-A All-Star break, so Overton said he had only thrown a pair of bullpen sessions in the last week when he got the word Sunday he was Oakland-bound.

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Trade machine, or at least trade rumor machine, heats up

Rich Hill would like to stay with the A's, but it's likely he'll be traded in the next two weeks.

Rich Hill would like to stay with the A’s, but it’s likely he’ll be traded in the next two weeks.

The A’s will have no shortage of suitors in the next two weeks.

Whether anything comes of those inquiries or not is anybody’s guess, but there are post-season contenders with needs and the A’s have some of the goods.

And that’s before starter Sonny Gray and right fielder Josh Reddick, both of whom are highly coveted but both of whom the A’s would like to keep.

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Ryan Dull qualifies for more late-inning A’s work

Ryan Dull decided to go clean shaven after getting a save but losing a streak Saturday.

Ryan Dull decided to go clean shaven after getting a save but losing a streak Saturday.

Ryan Dull, who had pitched the entire first half while wearing a close-cropped goatee, showed up in the A’s clubhouse clean shaven Sunday morning, just hours after he’d earned his first save of the season while seeing his streak of on allowing inherited runners to score ended.

He said there was no correlation between the baseball and his facial hair.

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Stephen Vogt heads to the All-Star Game on a hot streak; Ryan Dull looks like he’ll be left behind this time around

It looks like Stephen Vogt will be doing a solo number for A's at All-Star Game in San Diego.

It looks like Stephen Vogt will be doing a solo number for A’s at All-Star Game in San Diego.

It’s looking more and more like Stephen Vogt will be the A’s only representative at the All-Star Game Tuesday in San Diego, and he wants to head there on a streak.

His big day Saturday helped – a single, double and his seventh homer as he pushed his batting average to .277.

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Will Ryan Dull be a last-minute addition to All-Star team?

The A's are hoping Ryan Dull will be a late addition to AL All-Star team.

The A’s are hoping Ryan Dull will be a late addition to AL All-Star team.

It appears the American League has one last chance to add Ryan Dull to the roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game. Whether or not he is named as the replacement for Craig Kimbrel, however, is an open question.

Boston closer Kimbrel went on the disabled list Saturday. Leaving a spot open in the AL All-Star bullpen,

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