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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury once said he’d draft Kyler Murray at No. 1

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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury once said he’d draft Kyler Murray at No. 1

Kyler Murray is expected to put his name in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.

If he does follow through with that intention, it appears he has a big admirer in the new head coach of the team that holds the No. 1 overall pick.

Back in October, Kliff Kingsbury, then coach at Texas Tech, had plenty of compliments for the eventual Heisman Trophy winner:

"I don't have enough good things to say about him," Kingsbury said of the Oklahoma quarterback. "He's phenomenal."

"I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could," he continued. "I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player, and I would take him with the first pick."

Well, there's a lot to unpack there, and it could significantly affect multiple Bay Area teams.

First, the baseball element. Murray will not play both football and baseball in 2019, and one naturally would expect that the higher he goes in the NFL draft, the more likely he is to pursue a career in football over one with the A's, who picked him in the first round of the MLB draft last year.

Kingsbury, of course, recently was named the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, who just happen to hold the first pick in the NFL draft.

The 49ers and the Raiders hold the second and fourth overall picks, respectively, so if Murray were to go at the very top of the draft, that could make prospects available to both Bay Area teams that wouldn't have been otherwise.

For instance, Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa is widely regarded as the top prospect in the draft, and he would fill perhaps the biggest need for both the 49ers and Raiders.

[RELATED: Raiders' top 5 needs heading into free agency, NFL Draft]

That said, the Cardinals spent a first-round pick on quarterback Josh Rosen last season, and while he struggled throughout much of his rookie season, the odds are against Arizona selecting a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back drafts.

So, Murray definitely has an admirer in the current holder of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But realistically, it's unlikely Kingsbury would take Murray with the top pick, no matter how big of a freak he is.

Watch A's Prize Patrol surprise lucky fan Jason Maddy with $5,000

Watch A's Prize Patrol surprise lucky fan Jason Maddy with $5,000

For Jason Maddy, it literally paid off to watch Wednesday's A's broadcast on NBC Sports California.

Maddy is the second winner of the A's Prize Patrol contest and won $5,000, which was presented to him on Thursday evening.

Additionally, the A's will match the $5,000 prize and donate it to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.

So what did Maddy have to do in order to win the $5,000 grand prize? On Wednesday, he tuned in to A's-Yankees game, and when a secret code was revealed, he went to https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/prizepatrol  and filled out the form.

Five random finalists were selected on Thursday, and each was asked to write 50 words on what makes them such big A's fans.

“We’re a family of true Oakland A’s fans. I’ve started teaching my 4-year old to bat and he insists he’ll play for the A’s someday. And, I kid you not, my wife and I even watched the A’s games from our hospital delivery room for both of our children!”

A's In-Stadium host Kara Tsuboi, mascot Stomper, A's Prize Patrol and NBC Sports California surprised Maddy at his home on Thursday night.

If you want the chance to follow in Maddy's footsteps and win $5,000 for yourself and a charity, you have two more chances this season.

Watch these two upcoming game broadcasts for the secret code:

Sept. 3 vs. Los Angeles Angels
Sept. 6 vs. Detroit Tigers

Once the secret code is revealed, you can enter the contest here.

The A's Prize Patrol was created as a way for the team and NBC Sports California to reward fans for tuning in to A's broadcasts. Watch the A’s to win and support your community.

Yankees vs. A's lineups: Tanner Roark looks to lead Oakland to sweep

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Yankees vs. A's lineups: Tanner Roark looks to lead Oakland to sweep

The A's look to sweep the AL-best Yankees and have Tanner Roark on the hill to help them do it.

Oakland wants to continue its success against the team that cut last season short in the AL Wild Card Game, as the A's staff has done a good job containing Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and the mighty Yankees sluggers thus far. 

Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball for the Yankees and is riding a strong last couple of starts against the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. He's taken the loss in just one of his last 12 starts. 

Khris Davis will be batting seventh in the lineup as he hopes to build off his slump-busting home run last night.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the A's play host the Yankees in the series finale. You can follow the action on NBC Sports California or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

New York Yankees (83-45)

DJ LeMahieu, 3B
Aaron Judge, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS
Gio Urshela, DH
Gary Sanchez, C
Brett Gardner, CF
Gleyber Torres, 2B
Mike Tauchman, LF
Mike Ford, 1B
Masahiro Tanaka, P (9-6, 4.56 ERA)

Oakland A's (73-53)

Marcus Semien, SS
Robbie Grossman, LF
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, CF
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Khris Davis, DH
Corban Joseph, 2B
Josh Phegley, C
Tanner Roark, P (7-8, 4.01 ERA)