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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have hired Bob Melvin away from the Oakland Athletics to be their new manager, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.

Oakland Athletics closer Liam Hendriks was beginning to warm to the Houston Astros last July, his conversations with them at the All-Star Game in Cleveland humanizing several players whose on-field theatrics had irritated him in the past. But his burgeoning respect for a team that averaged nearly 104 victories and won two American League pennants and one World Series title in the past three ...