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New deal for Melvin

Bob Melvin has repeatedly described the comfort of managing right at home in the Bay Area – and Billy Beane has described the comfort in having a winning, “modern-day” manager leading the Oakland Athletics. Melvin (pictured) is staying put in the very place he wants to be well into the future. The A’s manager received a two-year contract extension Monday that takes him through the 2016 season. “To get an extension like this from people you respect and admire and supported you, it really makes you feel good and makes you feel better about doing your job,” said Melvin, voted A.L. Manager of the Year after leading Oakland to a surprising West Division title. “My expectations are the same as last year. We’re going to compete hard and expect to win.” – AP