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Curt Young gives bullpen a pep talk; Madson changes slide step

SEATTLE — After the A’s bullpen blew three saves in a row for the first time since 2004, pitching coach Curt Young had a little chat with the team’s relievers Monday. “I did kind of say they’ve all done it, they all know how to do it,” Young said of the pep talk he delivered along with a Mariners’ scouting report, telling the relievers, Oakland relievers never have blown four saves in a row. There was no opportunity Monday, with the A’s never in the lead. The A’s were ahead in the seventh, however, in all three games at Texas only to lose via bullpen misfires. Madson blew the save in the seventh Sunday, giving up a two-out double to Elvis Andrus that tied the game and an RBI single by Nomar Mazara that decided things. “I was too concerned about being quick to home to make my pitch completely,” he said. There are two ways I can fix that ... work on my slide step, and the other is to forget it, let him steal second, who cares? I only needed to get one out. Madson said he found an optimal slide step during flat-ground work Monday. The bullpen, which has allowed 12 runs the past four games, is missing setup men John Axford and Sean Doolittle. Axford (shoulder) will pitch Tuesday with Triple-A Nashville and could rejoin the A’s on Thursday, while Doolittle (shoulder) is taking the first steps of his rehab; he did sock throws on Sunday and threw from 75 feet on Monday. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Red Sox Monday at Triple-A Nashville, he threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks and striking out three.

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