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


'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 vs. Mariners lineups: Tanner Anderson makes second career MLB start


A's vs. Mariners lineups: Tanner Anderson makes second career MLB start

A's pitcher Tanner Anderson will make his Oakland Coliseum debut Sunday against the Seattle Mariners in his second MLB start. 

The righty acquitted himself in his first big league start on June 10. He allowed just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out five in the loss. The 26-year-old can deliver a series win, and pick up his first MLB win as a starting pitcher. 

Anderson will square off against right-handed pitcher Mike Leake, who has struggled a bit after a hot start to the season. Leake won each of his first two starts, but is 3-6 since and has posted a 4.48 ERA during that time. 

Josh Phegley and Chad Pinder won't face Leake, as both players were given the day off after starting Saturday. The remainder of the A's lineup is unchanged from Saturday's 11-2 win

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Mariners game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 1:07.

Oakland A's (36-35)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Mark Canha, RF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Beau Taylor, C

Tanner Anderson,  RHP (0-1, 3.18 ERA)

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Seattle Mariners (30-44)
Mallex Smith, CF
J.P. Crawford, SS
Domingo Santana, RF
Daniel Vogelbach, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Tom Murphy, C
Dee Gordon, 2B
Mac Williamson, LF
Austin Nola, 1B

Mike Leake, RHP (5-6, 4.26 ERA)

A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty returns from melanoma scare, surgery


A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty returns from melanoma scare, surgery

OAKLAND -- Just three days after undergoing surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear, Stephen Piscotty is ready to return to action.

The A's outfielder was not in Sunday's starting lineup but was be available off the bench and said he expects to start Monday's game against the Orioles.

"I'm feeling good," Piscotty said before Oakland's series finale against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. "My ear is a little bit sore, but it's gotten better every day. I'm back to feeling like myself. I took a few swings, ran around a little bit and got the heart rate up, and I feel good. ... I feel like I'm ready."

The melanoma was discovered earlier this month following a routine spot check. Plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Parrett of the California Pacific Medical Campus was able to remove the melanoma in its entirety.

"I was definitely a little spooked," Piscotty admitted. "When you hear the word 'cancer,' it's not something you want to hear. But that being said, it was the best-case scenario. It was (caught) super early. I feel like I'm in good hands. I'll get the all clear (in a pathology report) on Tuesday, so fingers crossed for that. Hopefully, that comes out good and I don't have to worry about it."

Piscotty will wear a double-flap helmet to protect the stitches in his ear, which won't come out until Thursday. But he has received the go-ahead to play in the meantime.

"Thankfully it's on the ear," he said. "It's not on a part of my body that's moving and I could risk tearing. It's a stationary part of the body. ... I think as a whole, it's a pretty safe area as far as that's concerned, so I'm not too worried about it and neither were the doctors and surgeon."

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Piscotty emphasizes the importance of wearing sunscreen and getting routine spot checks, especially for those who spend a lot of time in the sun.

"We're in the sun a lot. I've got a lot of moles as it is and I've been told for years to go get it checked. I finally listened and I'm glad I did when I did. I'm very grateful that they caught it early."