Bob Melvin, a 49-year-old former Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks manager, replaced Bob Geren earlier in the day, but the change couldn't keep Oakland from its 10th straight defeat.
CHICAGO — Different day. Different city. Different manager.
The Chicago White Sox spoiled the debut of Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin Thursday night, beating the Athletics 9-4.
Melvin, a 49-year-old former Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks manager, replaced Bob Geren earlier in the day, but the change couldn’t keep Oakland from its 10th straight defeat.
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“It’s always about winning,” Melvin said. “It would have been nice to go home tonight and get some sleep knowing that we won a game, but we’ll come back out and battle tomorrow.”
The A’s fired a manager during the season for the first time in a quarter century, letting Geren go after four-plus seasons and bringing in Melvin for the rest of the season.
“It felt like at this point a change was necessary,” Oakland general manager Billy Beane said.
The loss to the White Sox was a rocky introduction for Melvin, who went 493-508 in previous managerial stops in Seattle and Arizona. The Athletics entered Thursday’s game last in the American League with 223 runs scored.
Geren’s tenure in Oakland was marked by numerous injuries, a lack of offense, questions about his communication skills and high-profile departures as he was unable to post a winning season after taking over an AL West championship team from Ken Macha.
Geren posted a 334-376 record, including a 27-36 mark this season that has left Oakland eight games behind Texas in last place in the AL West.
The A’s have four starting pitchers on the disabled list, including a season-ending shoulder injury for Dallas Braden. Oakland also was without injured All-Star closer Andrew Bailey for two months and is last in the American League with 227 runs.
“Bob Melvin will inherit some of the challenges that Bob had,” Beane said.
• Kansas City called up 3B Mike Moustakas, the club’s 2007 first-round draft pick, reuniting him with 1B Eric Hosmer, a 2008 first-round pick who has been the Royals’ best hitter.
• 1B Anthony Rizzo was called up by the Padres and went 1 for 2 with a triple and two walks against the Nationals in his debut in the majors. Rizzo, who tore up Pacific Coast League pitching, was obtained from the Red Sox for slugger Adrian Gonzalez in December.
• Tyler Colvin‘s apparent tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning for the Cubs was overturned by umpires after replays showed a fan in a Phillies T-shirt reached over the fence and interfered with the ball. The Cubs won anyway.
• Steve Garvey has added Orel Hershiser to the group he’s assembling with the goal of buying a sports franchise, possibly the Dodgers. Both are former Dodgers.
• Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has a torn ligament in his right elbow and likely will need season-ending Tommy John surgery.
• Mets OF Jason Bay, hitting .207, will get some time off in the midst of a career-worst 0-for-23 slump, manager Terry Collins said.
• Injured Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Class A Jupiter, Fla.
• Mark Grace, Diamondbacks TV announcer and former major-leaguer, was arrested on Memorial Day for driving under the influence of alcohol, police in Arizona said.