NotesOakland manager Bob Melvin met with reliever Jim Johnson to check on the A’s new closer after he took the loss in each of his first two appearances. “Everything gets real magnified when you’re in the closer’s role because when you have a bad day the team loses,” Melvin said. “That’s just the way it is.” … The A’s voided the March 29 option of IF Jake Elmore and placed him on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quad. … OF Michael Taylor cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Sacramento by the A’s. IF Hiro Nakajima was also sent outright to Sacramento. … RHP Dan Strailey faces Seattle RHP Chris Young on Friday. Young last pitched in the big leagues in Sept. 29, 2012. … Mariners RHP Stephen Pryor (surgery) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Jackson on Thursday. … RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Single-A High Desert on Friday.
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