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'Damn proud:' San Jose native Mark Canha elated following Sharks victory

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'Damn proud:' San Jose native Mark Canha elated following Sharks victory

OAKLAND – Mark Canha won two games Tuesday night, and he didn't even have to take the field.

The A's outfielder got a day off as Oakland beat Texas 11-5 at the Coliseum, but the San Jose native was just as happy about the Sharks' 5-4 comeback victory to beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's awesome," Canha said. "I knew they were going to win tonight. I didn't want to say anything all day. I kind of just kept it to myself. But I knew that there were some good vibes from the team, just the way they came out the last two games and played loose and got those wins. It seems like a very resilient team. I knew that they had it in them to win a big, emotional game tonight. They did it and I'm damn proud of them."

Canha, a diehard Sharks fan, and A's reliever Liam Hendriks actually opened the dressing room doors for the Sharks before Game 5 last Thursday. San Jose won that game 5-2 and rallied back from a 3-1 series deficit to win in seven games.

Canha says he knew from the Coliseum crowd Tuesday night that the Sharks were doing something big.

"I mean, I wasn't checking the score or anything, but I could tell," he said. "There were some cheers in the crowd during the game that I know were related because it would just be during a lull in the game and the crowd would erupt. So I figured something crazy was going on."

Canha was right. Trailing 3-0 in the third period, the Sharks scored four unanswered goals on a five-minute major power play to take the lead. After Vegas tied the game at four, San Jose won in overtime on a gorgeous goal by Barclay Goodrow.

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"I saw what happened (on the jumbotron)," Canha said. "Sounds like they won in pretty spectacular fashion. I'm just super happy for them."

Meanwhile, Canha's A's have taken the first two games of their series against the Texas Rangers. They will go for the sweep Wednesday afternoon.

A's center fielder Ramón Laureano selected as AL Player of the Week

A's center fielder Ramón Laureano selected as AL Player of the Week

Ramón Laureano had himself a week, and MLB made sure to reward him.

The A's center fielder was named AL Player of the Week for July 15-21, as he hit .542 (13-for-24) with 10 runs, six doubles and two home runs as he led the A's to a 4-2 record during the span.

Laureano reached base in all six games and ranked first among AL players in runs, hits, doubles, extra-base hits and batting average. He ranked second in on-base percentage (.577) and slugging percentage (1.042).

Oh, and he did this as well.

Laureano is the third A's player to win the award in 2019, joining pitcher Mike Fiers (May 12) and shortstop Marcus Semien (June 10) this season.

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On the year, Laureano is slashing .284/.334/.518 with 20 home runs and 53 RBI while playing his usual Gold-Glove caliber defense in center.

Not too shabby.

MLB rumors: A's have inquired on trades for Marcus Stroman, Mike Minor

MLB rumors: A's have inquired on trades for Marcus Stroman, Mike Minor

As the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaches, the A's are right there in the playoff hunt once again. 

Entering Monday, the A's currently are the second AL wild card team and sit just one game behind the Indians for the first slot. While they are 6.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West, there's no reason to completely count them out in the division race, too. 

With their eyes on October, could the A's be in the market to land a big name before the deadline? 

The A's "have inquired" on starting pitchers Marcus Stroman and Mike Minor, The Athletic's Jim Bowden reported Monday. Both pitchers are highly likely to be traded, as the Blue Jays and Rangers are expected to be sellers.

Oakland could be a perfect match. 

Though the A's recently acquired Homer Bailey in a trade with the Royals, the team could use more help in their rotation as they lack a true ace. Stroman or Minor would fill that role right away. 

Stroman, 28, earned his first trip to the All-Star Game this year. He's bounced back from a rough 2018 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.249 WHIP in 20 starts this season. 

Minor, 31, also earned his appearance in the Midsummer Classic this season. He boasts a 2.86 ERA and 1.163 WHIP. 

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Through the first half of the season, the A's have dealt with multiple injuries to their rotation and lost Frankie Montas to an 80-game PED suspension. Help should be on the way in Sean Manaea and A.J. Puk, but this team has seen firsthand how important depth is with their staff. 

Quietly, the A's have positioned themselves for another push for the playoffs. It's time they put their cards on the table and add an ace.