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Warriors have a loyal fan base inside A’s clubhouse

Stephen Vogt (left) and Max Muncy (ceeter) are two of the many A's players who are big fans of Steph Curry and the Warriors.

Stephen Vogt (left) and Max Muncy (center) are two of the many A’s players who are big fans of Steph Curry and the Warriors.

The Warriors have an ever-growing fan base, but you can count the A’s among the “we knew them way back when’’ crowd.

So it was no surprise Sunday morning when one of the prime topics of conversation in the A’s clubhouse at Hohokam Park was Golden State’s Saturday night overtime win over Oklahoma City on Steph Curry’s 32-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“That was the best game I ever saw,’’ shortstop Marcus Semien said. A Berkeley native, he says “I’ve been watching them forever, never miss a game. And that one was something special.’’

“It was an edge-of-the-seat kind of game, a comeback like that. But that’s what they do. You think you’ve seen it all with them, and then they do that.’’

Closer Sean Doolittle was wearing an Andre Iguodala shirt in the clubhouse and described watching the game as “ just insane.’’

“You get in the habit of thinking it’s just Steph, but it’s not,’’ Doolittle said. “Klay (Thompson) does what he does. Last night, Iguodala made those big free throws. The way they play as a team makes it really fun to watch. It’s hard for teams in any sport to have the kind of flow they do. I’m not really an NBA guy, more of a college basketball guy, but they have a way of drawing you in.’’

Right fielder Josh Reddick said he started following the Warriors when he came to the A’s after the 2011 season from Boston. He’s been around long enough to know most of the Warriors at least casually, and he and Harrison Barnes are buddies.

Reddick said he couldn’t watch the Saturday game live because he was doing a photo shoot for Major League Baseball, but he followed the game as best he could on his iPhone, then caught up with the highlights after his time in front of the cameras was done.

“I saw it in bits, and it was pretty special what they did,’’ Reddick said. “That man (Curry) and that team can get it done.’’

Catcher Stephen Vogt, whose wife is a high school basketball coach in Washington State, has long had a fascination with the game, although until recently it was more about the college version.

“The Warriors are 100 percent rejuvenating the NBA,’’ Vogt said. “They’ve made the NBA fun again. Curry, he’s just amazing to watch. This is team that is running, passing, and moving the ball more like in college basketball. And that’s fun to watch.’’

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Lew Wolff says one more time A’s `absolutely’ not for sale

A's owner Lew Wolff, seen here with club president Mike Crowley, says A's "absolutely are note for sale."

A’s owner Lew Wolff, seen here with club president Mike Crowley, says A’s “absolutely are not for sale.”

Suggestions that Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob is interested in buying the A’s quickly reached the ear of A’s co-owner Lew Wolff Monday.

His basic response to the suggestion in the San Francisco Chronicle of Lacob’s interest was that interested or not, Lacob won’t be buying the franchise for the simple reason that the A’s aren’t for sale.

“This has come up before,’’ Wolff said. “The club is absolutely not for sale. I haven’t talked to him about it. And if I did, it would be a short conversation.’’

The Oakland Raiders are trying to put together a package where they would build a new football-only stadium on the current site of the Coliseum, but the NFL team is also looking at sharing a facility in suburban Los Angeles with the San Diego Chargers.

Should the Raiders stay in Oakland, the A’s would have to find another home. Plans would call the Raiders to play elsewhere while the Coliseum is leveled and a new stadium football-only rises from its ashes.

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Manfred says A’s stadium important, but still seems stalled; San Jose seems stuck on legal back burner

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the current Coliseum and Arena site would be the best spot for a new baseball-only stadium for the A's.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the current Coliseum and Arena site would be the best spot for a new baseball-only stadium for the A’s.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the best possible solution for the A’s ongoing quest for a new home would be to build a new baseball-only stadium at the site of the current Coliseum and Arena facility.

At the same time, Manfred all but ruled out the A’s staying in Oakland at the current site if the Raiders were to go ahead and attempt to build a stadium at the facility off I-880 between Hegenberger Road and 66th Ave.

And any A’s move to San Jose is on permanent hiatus until the lawsuit between San Jose and MLB over the A’s inability to relocate is settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Warriors make the logistics Friday work better for us all

It would have been a crush Friday at the Coliseum and Arena if the Warriors and A's both wound up playing. Now the Warriors will have an NBA championship parade instead.

It would have been a crush Friday at the Coliseum and Arena if the Warriors and A’s both wound up playing. Now the Warriors will have an NBA championship parade instead.

As the Warriors have their championship parade Friday in Oakland, we’re left to think what might have been had not Golden State closed out their NBA title run in Cleveland Tuesday.

Game 7 would have been set for Friday at 6 p.m. in the Arena. The A’s were set for a 6:35 p.m. start across the way in the Coliseum against the Angels, and as it is the A’s second fireworks night of the season, that wasn’t going to be changed.

So the transit situation had every chance to be a logistical nightmare, particularly with national television trucks due to eat into some of the park on the south side of the Coliseum and Arena complex.

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The long and short of it is that Canha’s having a fine start: Vogt’s ankle OK; Melvin sticks with same lineup third time

Mark Canha is hitting in luck -- both good and bad -- to start his MLB career.

Mark Canha is hitting in luck — both good and bad — to start his MLB career.

Mark Canha is a sports fan, follows the Sharks, the Warriors and the 49ers, but mostly he’s a baseball fan.

Monday night he got a reminder why baseball appeals to him so much, something about the sheer unpredictability of it.

Batting to lead off the third inning, he got on top of a ball that dribbled about three feet in front of the plate. He dropped his bat, started running and the A’s left fielder found himself at first base with a single.

Two innings later, he came up with one out and one on and simply crushed a ball, hitting it about as hard as he could, which in the case of the San Jose product out of Cal is on the upper levels of crushing. This time he didn’t make it out of the batter’s box. No need. The ball was hit on a line to third base where the Astros’ Luis Valbuena caught it.

“That’s just the way baseball goes,’’ Canha said Tuesday. “You get a hit on one in front of the plate like that, then you sting one and get nothing.

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Kazmir fights off moisture, calf cramps en route to 2nd win

Scott Kazmir survive a moist, sometimes slick mound at Minute Maid Park to beat the Astros 8-1 Monday.

Scott Kazmir survive a moist, sometimes slick mound at Minute Maid Park to beat the Astros 8-1 Monday.

Talk about a slippery slope.

Scott Kazmir was born in Houston, still lives in the area and yet was completely baffled by the pitching mounds at Minute Maid Park Monday night, likely a product of the mega-humid Houston weather.

“It started in the bullpen and was the same on the field,’’ Kazmir said. “The mounds felt wet. I don’t know why. But I had real trouble in the pen and in the first inning.’’

Bullpens generally are groomed and groomed and groomed again to get the right feel, a feel that includes no moisture. That made Monday more than a tad odd for the lefty starter.

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Astros’ Lowrie not particularly surprised not to be with A’s, but he loved his two `awesome’ years playing with Oakland

Shortstop Jed Lowrie has traded green-and-gold for Astros orange in 2015.

Shortstop Jed Lowrie has traded green-and-gold for Astros orange in 2015.

Jed Lowrie made no secret last October of his hope that the A’s would keep the core from the 2013-14 A’s together in Oakland.

Coming off three consecutive post-season appearances, the A’s did no such thing. Proof lies in Lawrie’s new job as the Astros shortstop. He got Monday night off after Houston played a 14-inning game Sunday, his sixth game in the season’s opening week.

“It’s not like I ever sat down with Billy Beane to talk about it,’’ Lawrie said. “So it’s not for me to say about what the A’s did. But it’s more than a little strange to look at them now, because they’ve had so much turnover.

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HBP explosion has mostly to do with Rangers crowding plate

Catcher Stephen Vogt says Rangers lefties were crowding the plate, that some of six HBPs were "borderline strikes."

Catcher Stephen Vogt says Rangers lefties were crowding the plate, that some of six HBPs were “borderline strikes.”

For the second time in three days, A’s catcher Stephen Vogt said the Rangers batters, particularly the left-handers, are crowding the plate.

A’s pitchers hit six Rangers batters, all lefties, in the just-completed four-game series. Oakland pitchers don’t generally have those kinds of issues.“They are on top of the plate, and there is no rule that says they have to move,’’ Vogt said. “There were a couple of pitches I thought were borderline strikes that hit them, but that’s part of the game.’’

In Tuesday’s game, Vogt and manager Bob Melvin took exception to catcher Carlos Corporan getting hit by a pitch, the A’s contending that Corporan all be leaned into the pitch.

Corporan was hit by a pitch again Thursday, but it was a relatively insignificant part of a 10-1 loss, and the A’s didn’t say if Corporan was moving in on the pitch this time.

“They have guys are willing to crowd the plate and not move,’’ Vogt said. “That’s worth a couple of hit by pitches.’’

Oakland pitching had one stretch where the A’s didn’t hit anyone over the course of 19 games last season. And the A’s didn’t hit six batters in any four-game stretch a year ago, although they did hit five in four games once, in two road games each against the Mets and Marlins July 24-28.

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A’s lose OF Alex Hassan to Rangers on waiver claim

The A’s lost outfielder Alex Hassan to the Rangers Thursday when Texas claimed Hassan less than 24 hours after the A’s had requested waivers.

The A’s waived Hassan in order to make room on the 40-man roster for veteran outfielder Cody Ross, signed after he’d been released by Arizona. Ross started Wednesday and singled home two runs in five at-bats.

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Cody Ross could be a short-term replacement for Coco Crisp

Veteran corner outfielder Cody Ross, put on waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, could be joining the outfield-deprived A’s in the next couple of days, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal at Fox.

The A’s have expressed some interest in Ross with left fielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list for about eight more weeks, and he would be an inexpensive pickup.

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