• Melvin on Wednesday was putting the final touches of his annual rah-rah speech he'll give to his team on Thursday morning.
"I'm working on it," he said, smiling. "It's as close as I'm gonna get at this point. I probably am going to repeat myself to an extent. Some of the issues I thought we needed to be more aware of going into last season will be prevalent again. There will be some redundancy, but I've got a few new tricks."
• New A's pitcher Joe Savery, who threw his first bullpen in front of his new employers Wednesday, will wear No. 50, Grant Balfour's old number.
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