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Why Bob Melvin believes A's Coliseum accommodations could become cushier

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Why Bob Melvin believes A's Coliseum accommodations could become cushier

The A's took the series from the Rays on Wednesday with a 6-2 win, and have a day off before heading back to Oakland and hosting a 10-game homestand that begins Friday. 

And speaking of that home, the A's could be in for better accommodations at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in the near future -- that is, when the Raiders leave. 

Ahhh yes, the A's still have to share the field with the local pro football team. But with the Silver and Black heading to Sin City at the start of the 2020 season, manager Bob Melvin sees it as an opportunity to feel more comfortable as the A's pursuit of a new ballpark continues.

“Maybe if the Raiders end up moving (to Las Vegas) after this year, then we can expand a little bit in our clubhouse to create some more space and better space inside,’’ Melvin told The Mercury News before Wednesday's first pitch. “It is what it is. I think if you’re keeping yourself bothered with it, then it’s probably not the right way to go. That’s what my rhetoric is.’’

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And as far as Howard Terminal is concerned, he's still looking forward to what possibly could be -- a subject he's been confident about since the beginning.

"We’ve been dealing with it a long time,’’ Melvin said. “It looks as if we’re headed in the right direction. I think that’s still 2023 at the earliest, so our guys have to understand where we are is where we are."

A's get taste of playoff baseball with four-game fight with Twins

A's get taste of playoff baseball with four-game fight with Twins

As the calendar speeds toward August, the A's have their eyes set on playing more than one October baseball game this year.

With a roster that has minimal postseason baseball experience, any taste of playoff intensity can be beneficial for Bob Melvin's club, and Oakland got a little dose of it over the weekend in Minnesota.

The AL Central-leading Twins and A's dueled it out in a four-game slobber-knocker that concluded with Max Kepler's walk-off single Sunday afternoon, giving the Twins a 7-6 win and series split against the A's.

It was a series that had a serious playoff feel to it, with neither team refusing to give in.

On Saturday, the A's stunned the Twins on Khris Davis' two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth, giving the A's a 5-4 win. The Twins returned the favor Sunday when Luis Arraez singled off All-Star closer Liam Hendriks and scored on a triple by Ehire Adrianza to tie the game at six. After Hendriks struck out Jason Castro for the second out, Kepler roped a single into left-center field and the party was on at Target Field.

The A's leave Minnesota at 57-43, one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL wild-card spot. The Twins currently lead the Cleveland Indians by three games in the AL Central and appear primed to make a return to October baseball.

An October return to Target Field certainly isn't out of the question for the A's, and this series helped give the A's another sense of what awaits them in the playoffs should they continue on their current trajectory. 

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Last season, the A's walked into the AL Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees and looked overwhelmed by the stage en route a season-ending 7-2 loss at Yankee Stadium. After getting a taste of playoff baseball last year, the A's are hoping to make a deeper October run this season. 

They got another taste of playoff-like intensity over the weekend against a team they could see in October, and it can only benefit them as the dog days of summer turn into tense fall nights.

A's vs. Twins lineups: Daniel Mengden gets ball in series finale

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A's vs. Twins lineups: Daniel Mengden gets ball in series finale

The A's just keep on winning.

After dropping the series opener to the Twins on Thursday, the A's have responded with two straight wins in Minnesota, including a 5-4 win Saturday that was highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Khris Davis in the ninth inning.

The A's now have won eight of their last nine games and will send right-hander Daniel Mengden to the mound for the series finale against the Twins on Sunday.  The Twins will counter with right-hander Michael Pineda.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Twins game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. PT, with first pitch at 11:10.

Oakland Athletics (57-42)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, RF
Ramon Laureano, CF
Khris Davis, DH
Robbie Grossman, LF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Josh Phegley, C

Daniel Mengden, RHP (5-1, 4.21 ERA)

Minnesota Twins (59-38)
Max Kepler, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Luis Arraez, 2B
Ehire Adrianza, 1B
Jason Castro, CF

Michael Pineda, RHP (6-5, 4.38 ERA)