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Chris Young has Melvin’s backing through struggles

It’s been a tough year so far for Chris Young, but the A’s outfielder still has the solid support of Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Young, who normally starts against left-handed pitching, was out of the lineup Saturday because of illness. He was feeling better, and he was back in the lineup Sunday as the designated hitter.

Young comes into the day with a .177 average, five home runs and 22 RBIs. Along the way he’s spent 2½ weeks on the disabled list with a quad injury and floundered when at the plate.

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Game 57 wrapup: Straily keeps filling up strike zone; Freiman gets critique on how to run out a triple; Young breaks loose

Dan Straily didn’t get the win Saturday, but not because he didn’t deserve to.

The second-year right-hander limited the White sox to five singles and double in six innings, didn’t walk anyone, struck out eight and left a 3-1 lead to the A’s bullpen.

Sean Doolittle wound up letting Chicago back in the game, so when the A’s did go on to score a 4-3 win, the victory went to Jerry Blevins, who got the final out of the top of the 10th innings.

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A’s facing a flurry of roster moves this week

The A’s have some decisions to make in the next week, and not all of them are clear cut.

Between now and Friday, outfielders Chris Young and Coco Crisp and starting pitcher Brett Anderson are likely to come off the disabled list.

It seems a no-brainer that Dan Straily will be the odd man out in the rotation. He has made three starts with Anderson out, and is due to make another against Texas Wednesday, two days before Anderson (sprained right ankle) is first eligible to come off the disabled list.

Young and possibly Crisp could come off the disabled list on Wednesday, and while it’s certain that Michael Taylor, who has an .063 average and hasn’t driven in a run, will be sent down, choosing between the other two candidates, Luke Montz and Daric Barton, will be a matter of just what kind of flexibility A’s manager Bob Melvin wants.

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Barton back with a new attitude and second chance

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If there was one player in the A’s spring training camp that seemed the least likely to make it onto the Oakland roster in 2013, Daric Barton would have gotten many, if not most, of the votes.

He is a left-handed hitting first baseman with minimal power and he is on a team where Brandon Moss is a one-time outfielder-turned-first base who is left-hand and who has plenty of power. It was Moss who had taken Barton’s job last season.

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Barton goes from least likely to back on A’s roster

If there was one player in the A’s spring training camp that seemed the least likely to make it onto the Oakland roster in 2013, Daric Barton would have gotten many, if not most, of the votes.

He is a left-handed hitting first baseman with minimal power and he is on a team where Brandon Moss is a one-time outfielder-turned-first base who is left-hand and who has plenty of power. It was Moss who had taken Barton’s job last season.

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Giambi, Swisher see Indians built in mold of A’s

Jason Giambi looks at Nick Swisher and he sees himself at a younger age.

Cleveland cleanup hitter Swisher looks at Giambi and sees the player he idolized while coming up in the Oakland organization.

The two ex-A’s look at the current A’s and they see the team they’d like their team to become.

Ah, the wheels do go round and round in baseball.

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Chris Young returns to Oakland for injury rehab

The A’s sent Chris Young back to Oakland so the outfielder, currently on the 15-day disabled list, can join the rest of the group working with rehab coordinator Brian Schulman.
Young (left quad) becomes the third player to have been disabled in Monday’s 19-inning, six-hour, 32-minute win over the Angels to be in the Bay Area while the team is in the early stages of a 10-game, three-city road trip through New York, Cleveland and Seattle.
Left-handed starter Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) and center fielder Coco Crisp (left hamstring strain) never left Oakland to come on the trip.
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Young becomes third A’s player to land on DL as a result of 19-inning win over Angels Monday

In retrospect it’s become increasingly important that the A’s won Monday’s 19-inning, six-hour, 32-minute marathon against the Angels in Oakland, because the negative repercussions from that game just keep mounting.

Outfielder Chris Young is the third player on the team to have suffered an injury in that game that necessitated a trip to the disabled list, Young’s left quad keeping him from running full out.

Already, the A’s had lost pitcher Brett Anderson to a sprained right foot (admittedly, he was already hurting before his 5.1 innings of one-run relief) and center fielder Coco Crisp, who strained his left hamstring while running up the third base line.

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Game 30 wrapup: Rosales listens to Young, then homers; Doolittle gets redemption in the Bronx

The last time Adam Rosales had done any serious work as the leadoff hitter anywhere was in 2007 when he was playing in Double-A for Chattanooga.

What worked back then was to “attack the first or second pitch,’’ the A’s shortstop said.

“Generally, those were the best pitches I was going to see all day,’’ he explained.

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Game 22 wrapup: Lack of replay frustrates Lowrie; Young won’t panic with slow start

Jed Lowrie says he’s long been a proponent of expanded use of replay in baseball games.

Some replay Wednesday might have turned the tide for the A’s shortstop and his team, but it was not to be.

Batting with two out in the ninth with Oakland down 6-5 to the Red Sox in Fenway Park, Lowrie thought he’d hit a double down the right field line. The ball hit the chalk, which is by definition in fair territory.

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