October 1, 2019
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash speaks at a news conference before baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The Rays are scheduled to face the Oakland Athletics in an American League wild-card game Wednesday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
OAKLAND, Calif. — Bob Melvin has been counting on his young Oakland Athletics to build on last season’s playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium. Gain some experience under pressure. Get a little feel for October baseball. Understand how much has to go right to win on the big stage.