Manager of the Year Bob Melvin gets extension from A’s

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Managing the A’s to a surprising AL West title earned Bob Melvin the AL Manager of the Year award and now it’s gotten him a two-year contract extension, the team announced.

Melvin took over as A’s manager in mid-2011 after Bob Geren was fired. He went 47-52 that season, compared to Geren going 27-36, and then led the A’s to a 94-68 record last season for their first playoff appearance since 2006 and most wins since 2003.

Prior to joining the A’s he had a 156-168 (.481) record with the Mariners and a 337-340 (.498) record with the Diamondbacks, winning NL Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007.

Melvin is now signed through 2016.

Cardinals activate Greg Holland from disabled list

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The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that reliever Greg Holland has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Reliever Matt Bowman heads back to the DL with blisters on his right middle finger.

Holland, 32, has been out of action since late May due to a right hip impingement. Holland signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Cardinals at the end of March, but it hasn’t been going well. He has given up 15 runs (14 earned) on 20 hits and 15 walks with 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings this season.

Bowman, 27, missed about a month between May 17 and June 14 due to blister issues. He appeared in only three games before heading back. Bowman gave up two runs and recorded two outs in Monday’s 6-5 walk-off loss to the Phillies.