A's first-round draft pick named starting quarterback at Oklahoma

A's first-round draft pick named starting quarterback at Oklahoma

On June 15, the A's signed Kyler Murray to a $4.66 million signing bonus selecting him with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Just over two months later, Murray was named the starting quarterback at University of Oklahoma where he will try to lead the Sooners on the gridiron for free.

The Sooners open their season Sept. 1 against Florida Atlantic. 

Murray served as Baker Mayfield's backup last season as Mayfield went on to win the Heisman trophy and was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In 2017, Murray appeared in seven games and threw for 359 yards while adding 142 yards rushing.

He started his college career at Texas A&M in 2015 and totaled 686 yards through the air and 335 yards on the ground. Between the two schools, Murray has eight passing touchdowns, seven interceptions and one rushing touchdown. He sat out the 2016 season due to transfer rules. 

Murray shined on the baseball diamond in 2017. The center fielder hit .296 with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases. 

In high school, Murray was named the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN and No. 9 shortstop in the country by Perfect Game. 

A's vs. Rangers lineup: Jurickson Profar, Mark Canha return for series finale


A's vs. Rangers lineup: Jurickson Profar, Mark Canha return for series finale

After being hammered by the A's, 11-5, on Tuesday night, the Rangers got even more bad news Wednesday.

Left-hander Drew Smyly was expected to get the start, but he had to be sent to the injured list with tightness in his left arm. As a result, the Rangers will trot out reliever Kyle Dowdy for his first career start.

The A's eviscerated most of the Rangers' bullpen Tuesday, so getting to Dowdy early could spell trouble for Texas.

Oakland's lineup for Wednesday's matinee -- which serves as the appetizer for Warriors-Clippers Game 5 -- will look a little different. Jurickson Profar and Mark Canha will both return to the lineup after scheduled days off, while Chad Pinder moves to left field and Kendrys Morales and Robbie Grossman head to the bench.

Coverage of A's-Rangers begins at 12:00 p.m. PT with A's Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here are the full lineups for Wednesday's A's vs. Rangers game:

Oakland A's (13-13)
1. Marcus Semien (R) SS
2. Matt Chapman (R) 3B
3. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Chad Pinder (R) LF
6. Mark Canha (R) 1B
7. Jurickson Profar (S) 2B
8. Ramon Laureano (R) CF
9. Nick Hundley (R) C

Aaron Brooks, RHP (2-2, 5.32 ERA)

Texas Rangers (12-10)
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) LF
2. Danny Santana (S) 2B
3. Joey Gallo (L) DH
4. Nomar Mazara (L) RF
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 3B
6. Logan Forsythe (R) SS
7. Patrick Wisdom (R) 1B
8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF

Kyle Dowdy, RHP (1-0, 3.48 ERA)

'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 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.