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OAKLAND — The Athletics’ newfangled Costco Bullpen plan (buying in bulk means using in bulk) still needs a bit of work. I mean, for manager Bob Melvin to have the full fun experience of using half a bullpen, he needs for it not to turn all shambolic at the end.
Now none of that explains why the A’s lost to the New York Yankees, 5-1. Well, okay, a little of it does. But, scoring one run and getting two hits and leaving only two runners and hitting into two double plays and committing two errors is mostly responsible for Tuesday’s short-sheeting. On balance, they got what was coming to them, and as a result they are now 3 ½ games behind Houston and 4 ½ behind the Yankees.
But the story of the night as decreed by the Find That Narrative Brigade was the second installment of the Full Tampa, in which Liam Hendriks pitched the first inning and then gave way to what ended up being a parade of relievers. Hendriks did fine, whipping through the first inning, and his successor Daniel Mengden powered through the next five innings, an ideal situation for this sort of thing.
Ask any Tampa Bay Ray.
But then it sort of, well, blew up. Ryan Buchter lasted only a pickoff and a

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