• A's reliever Jerry Blevins has struggled a bit recently and has seen his ERA nearly double from 1.82 to 3.44 since the start of June. Melvin said he still has utmost confidence in Blevins, given the seven solid seasons the left-hander has spent in Oakland, but he may hold him out of higher-leverage situations for the time being.
• The A's were forced to cancel batting practice before Saturday's game because of a steady rain that dissipated as first pitch approached -- to which Melvin quipped: "I didn't even know they had a tarp."
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