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Brandon Moss explains why he's apprehensive about re-joining A's

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Brandon Moss explains why he's apprehensive about re-joining A's

The A's added 22 home runs and 50 RBI to their lineup when they brought back veteran Brandon Moss on Monday.

But while Moss had three productive seasons with the A's from 2012 through 2014, his role with the 2018 A's ballclub is unclear.

Moss spent most of the 2017 season serving as Kansas City's designated hitter, but Khris Davis, coming off back-to-back 40+ homer seasons, is entrenched as the A's DH.

As for first base, Matt Olson has that on lockdown after he broke out with 24 home runs last season. And the A's have a plethora of outfield options.

So where does the 34-year-old Moss fit? He was wondering the same thing when he appeared on MLB Network on Wednesday morning.

"Obviously, I'm excited about it. I'm a little apprehensive. I don't know how it's going to play out. I'm just going to go to spring training and hope that it works out and hope that there is a spot. That's all you can really do as a player," Moss said on Hot Stove.

Moss wasn't buying it when host and former major leaguer Harold Reynolds suggested that Moss is already penciled into the middle of the A's lineup.

"I don't see how that's possible. They got a lot of guys that do exactly what I do over there. I hope it works out because I absolutely love Oakland. All my best memories are in Oakland. Obviously, I love Kansas City, it was a beautiful ballpark, I love my teammates, made some really good friends there, but Oakland is definitely a place that suits me well," Moss said. "I can only control what I can control. I'm gonna go out and try to have a good spring training and at least make their decision difficult."

Moss is slated to make $7.25 million in 2018 with the Royals picking up $3.25 million. He has a $10 million mutual option for the 2019 season with a $1 million buyout.

A's outfielder Mark Canha: 'I'm not really sorry' about bat flip in Bay Bridge Series

A's outfielder Mark Canha: 'I'm not really sorry' about bat flip in Bay Bridge Series

Mark Canha is Bay Area born and bred. The San Jose native played college baseball at the University of California, Berkeley and has many fond memories going to games at AT&T Park. 

No memory is greater for Canha than what he did to the Giants on Saturday night. 

With the A's down 3-2 to the Giants in the top of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series, Canha came off the bench and unloaded on a 93 mph fastball from Tony Watson to hit a two-run shot halfway up the left-field bleachers. The blast gave the A's a 4-3 lead and eventual win. 

What really grabbed headlines though was Canha's celebration. In more of a bat toss than flip, Canha flipped the script on the Giants and showed exactly how much this Bay Bridge Series means to him. 

And he has a message for those who think he somehow disrespected a game by having fun. 

"People getting offended by bat flips is so silly. I'm not sorry. I'm not really sorry. It's part of our game. Everybody does it," Canha said after the A's win. 

Will the Giants look for retribution and throw at Canha when he steps to the plate on Sunday? Canha couldn't care less. 

"If somebody's gonna throw at me -- I've been thrown at in the past, this season. I clearly didn't learn my lesson. So if you're offended by that, I don't care," Canha. 

The versatile outfielder is now batting .259 with 12 home runs and a .797 OPS this season. 

A's tie up Bay Bridge Series with win at AT&T Park

A's tie up Bay Bridge Series with win at AT&T Park

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch-hitter Mark Canha hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics continued their late-game success, rallying to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night.

Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien had two hits apiece. Khris Davis added a sacrifice fly to help the A's improve to 20-6 since June 16, tied with Boston for the best record in the majors during that stretch.

Buster Posey, Steven Duggar and Chase d'Arnaud had two hits apiece for the Giants.

One night after being limited to three hits in a 7-1 loss, Oakland again struggled early until breaking out in the seventh.

Josh Phegley hit a leadoff single against Tony Watson (2-3). Canha followed with his 12th home run, a towering two-run blast, and emphatically flipped his bat and stared into the A's dugout before trotting around the bases.

It's Canha's first career pinch-hit home run and helped the A's avoid their first back-to-back losses since a season-high, four-game skid June 12-15.

Oakland has scored 173 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, tied with Houston for second-most in the majors.

Yusmeiro Petit (4-2) retired eight batters to win. All-Star closer Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

The Giants led 3-2 after Gorkys Hernandez hit an RBI double and scored on pinch-hitter Austin Slater's single off Oakland starter Brett Anderson in the fourth.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was ejected after the bottom of the fourth inning and had to be physically restrained from going after third base umpire Greg Gibson. Belt was upset over being called out on a checked swing and argued with Gibson as he took the field between innings. Gibson immediately ejected Belt, who angrily slammed his glove to the ground and began walking toward the umpire before teammates intervened.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: All-Star 2B Jed Lowrie struck out looking as a pinch hitter in the ninth after being held out of the lineup with a bone bruise and calf bruise in his left leg following a scary collision with Piscotty in right field Friday. . Reliever Santiago Casilla was designated for assignment. . 2B Franklin Barreto was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. RHP Ryan Dull was optioned down. RHP Daniel Mengden was sent to Nashville to begin a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Oakland LHP Sean Manaea (8-6, 3.44 ERA) goes for his fourth consecutive win on Sunday. Manaea is holding opponents to a .217 average over his last seven starts. LHP Andrew Suarez (3-5 3.75), who has allowed two runs or fewer in his previous six starts, pitches for San Francisco.