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Despite upheaval, A’s sweep Cleveland; strong start for Sean Manaea

Even on a day filled with distractions, with bullpen stalwarts Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson dealt before the game, the A’s didn’t break their stride Sunday in completing a three-game sweep of the defending AL champions at the Coliseum. Sean Manaea turned in his usual strong start against Cleveland, working seven innings in the A’s 7-3 victory. Oakland jumped on Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer right out of the gate and chased him in the first inning. The A’s sent nine men to the plate in the first, as Bauer helped them with three walks. Oakland got two-out, two-run singles from Ryon Healy and Jaycob Brugman, each with two strikes. “Whenever you say goodbye to a couple of guys like that, there’s certainly some sentiment that runs through the clubhouse, so I think that runs early in the game were really important for us,” manager Bob Melvin said. Brugman, laid low by a stomach bug, hadn’t played since before the break, but he had a seven-pitch at-bat against Bauer, which helped. Jed Lowrie added a solo homer in the third off former Oakland teammate Dan Otero; his 10 homers are Lowrie’s most since hitting 15 with Oakland in 2013. Matt Joyce had a three-hit game and chipped in yet another two-strike, two-run single off Cody Allen with two outs in the eighth. Manaea is 3-0 in three career starts against the Indians, allowing 11 hits, six walks and four runs with 25 strikeouts in 21 innings. Cleveland’s runs off him came in the fourth when Brandon Guyer walked, Francisco Lindor doubled and Michael Brantley sent in both with a single to center, two of the Indians’ five hits off Manaea bunched together to start the inning. Manaea pitched around leadoff doubles in the sixth and seventh. Over his past 11 starts, Manaea is 7-2 with a 2.92 ERA, compiling the second-most wins in the AL in that span. Simon Castro, called up earlier in the day, pitched the ninth, allowing a solo homer to Abraham Almonte. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Jharel Cotton (blister) will work in a rehab game at Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, so Chris Smith will make his second big-league start Tuesday.

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