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Melvin takes over Oakland helm

Bob Melvin, who was a finalist for the managerial job with the Mets that went to Terry Collins, has been hired as interim skipper in Oakland. He replaces fired Bob Geren.

Melvin previously managedthe Diamondbacks and Mariners. Oakland visits Citi Field June 21-23.

Melvin served as a scout for the Mets last season, assigned to the American League. He has a home in Manhattan.