But it wasn't a tough decision for Melvin, not with a tough lefty like Buehrle going for the Blue Jays.
• The A's next win will be the 700th of Melvin's managerial career. He has compiled a 699-678 record in 10 seasons, including an impressive 206-170 mark since taking over the A's on June 9, 2011. That is the eighth best record in baseball over that span.
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