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Sean Manaea throws seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history

Sean Manaea throws seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history

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OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea might've been the only person at the Oakland Coliseum who didn't realize he was still working on a no-hitter.

After a dropped popup in the fifth inning, the Athletics lefty figured it was over.

"I didn't even think about it until I looked up in the seventh or eighth," Manaea said, "and I was like, `Oh my God, why is there still a zero on there?'"

Because it was ruled an error. And his shot at history remained intact.

Manaea pitched the first no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years, with an overturned call on the bases preserving the gem Saturday night in Oakland's 3-0 win over the sizzling Red Sox.

Manaea struck out 10, walked two and threw 108 pitches to finish off Oakland's first no-no since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2010.

Manaea got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to complete the first no-hitter versus the Red Sox since Seattle's Chris Bosio did it on April 22, 1993.

"I just telling myself, keep everything the same, and not let anything get too big for me," Manaea said.

Boston looked as if it had a hit with two outs in the sixth at the Oakland Coliseum. Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to the right side, tried to dodge a tag by first baseman Matt Olson and was called safe.

After the umpires conferred, Benintendi was ruled out for going wide of the baseline. Benintendi ran onto the grass in foul territory to get around Olson.

"Do I agree with it? No," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "It is what it is."

Said Benintendi: "It's just a missed call."

Sandy Leon reached in the Red Sox fifth when A's shortstop Marcus Semien ranged into shallow center field and dropped a popup trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch. The play was scored as an error.

Manaea said he figured it was a hit. A few innings later, he noticed what everybody else already knew - no-hitter in progress.

"So after that, my adrenaline started pumping a little bit again, and I really wanted to finish this thing out," he said.

Manaea (3-2) had been battered by Boston in three previous starts, going 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA.

But the 26-year-old cooled off a Red Sox team that had won eight in a row and 17 of 18. Boston began the game with a major league-best .293 batting average.

Manaea retired 14 straight batters after walking Mookie Betts leading off the game.

A lot of Red Sox fans were in the announced crowd of 25,746, and many rose to their feet when Manaea took the mound in the ninth.

Betts hit a ball to the warning track with one out in the ninth. After Benintendi walked with two outs on a full count, Ramirez hit a grounder to Semien for an easy force play at second.

"My heart was beating out of my chest and I was trying to do everything I could (to stay calm)," Manaea said before he was interrupted by teammates who smeared celebratory shaving cream in his face, dumped water and Gatorade on his head and left him with a plastic bubble gum tub for a hat.

It was the 12th no-hitter by the Athletics franchise and the 12th thrown against the Red Sox.

This was the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami's Edinson Volquez pitched the only one of the 2017 season against Arizona on June 3.

Chris Sale (1-1) struck out 10 and gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts (left ankle) will play for Triple-A Pawtucket on a rehab assignment on Tuesday and Wednesday. If all goes well he'll be activated when the team opens a six-game homestand on Friday, Cora said. . RHP Steven Wright (left knee surgery) left a rehab game at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday with back tightness. . RHP Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder surgery), who's at the team's extended spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida, will join the team on Friday and could throw batting practice, Cora said.

Athletics: RHP Yusmeiro Petit was activated from the family emergency list on Saturday. . RHP Josh Lucas was sent to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. . RHP Paul Blackburn (right forearm strain) threw on flat ground for a second straight day on Saturday, but the A's haven't established a timetable for his return, manager Bob Melvin said.

UP NEXT

LHP David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) will pitch for Boston in Sunday's series finale. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2, 4.50) will pitch for Oakland.

Why Bob Melvin is confident Khris Davis will have a bounce-back season

Why Bob Melvin is confident Khris Davis will have a bounce-back season

MESA, Ariz. -- "He's a pretty confident guy." 

A's manager Bob Melvin was talking about Mr. Consistent. That wasn't his actual nickname, but it might as well have been.

"Keep him healthy and he's been known to hit .247 and 40 home runs," Melvin said as he smiled. 

Khris Davis walked through the clubhouse with a new hairstyle. The cornrows were gone, but the confidence remained. 

The main goal is just to get him to Opening Day, Melvin said. That goal was important because of injuries the designated hitter suffered in 2019. The bug he couldn't quite escape from. 

"Just trying to keep him healthy because we saw last year, the numbers didn't look like they normally do, it's more because of health," Melvin added. "Not so much being hurt, you know when he came back, more having to work around more mechanically around some of the injuries. And then once you start trying to do something differently, sometimes it's tough to find those mechanics again, and I think that's more what happened with him last year than anything else."

BoMel mentioned the A's are not in any rush to give KD a ton of at-bats at the moment, but this upcoming season is a big one for the DH.

"I'm really not thinking about him too much right now, I know he'll be here for us," Melvin said.

It's the message Melvin has preached since the beginning of this "decline." Yet, every time he was prompted on Davis' offensive performance, he was never worried.

He said the 32-year-old had picked up the team before, and it was the team's turn to return the favor. Melvin told NBC Sports California at the end of January he admitted he, and the team, were spoiled by Davis' ability to be on it. Whether he was hitting those 40-plus homer numbers or being that power bat adding pop in an already strong-hitting lineup.

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It went to show that despite the dip in numbers, the A's would reach the playoffs. It was a shortened attempt in October, but they got there.

The Green and Gold head into the 2020 season with a lot of promise in every aspect of the roster.

Davis being at the top of his game will make that promise a reality. 

Mark Canha Q&A: A's slugger discusses favorite breakfast, grooming

Mark Canha Q&A: A's slugger discusses favorite breakfast, grooming

MESA, Ariz. -- Although he was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 2010, Mark Canha has been fortunate enough to play all significant levels of baseball in the Bay Area.
 
The San Jose native became Bellarmine College Prep’s 15th major league player. His college years were spent at Evans Diamond on Cal's campus. And since, all 445 of his MLB games have been in an A’s uniform.
 
The self-proclaimed “@bigleaguefoodie” on Instagram also is a flashy hitter, blasting a career-high 26 homers in 2019. Many punctuated with a bat flip on his way up the first base line.

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At Spring Training in Mesa, we gave the slugger all of the tough questions so you can get to know the real Mark Canha.
 
NBC Sports Bay Area: Teammate you would trust most to babysit your daughter?
Mark Canha: Oh, wow, that’s a thinker. Not a lot of them. You’ve got to be careful, this is no joke watching a kid. Maybe Marcus [Semien] because he’s got kids. I think he’d handle it just fine.
 
How many times can you wear the same jeans without washing them?
I usually go twice. Date night we go out and I wear them, and then there’s just the male part of me who takes a look -- didn’t spill anything -- I think I could wear them one more time without washing.
 
If you could clone yourself, what would you make that clone do?
So many things. Dishes, I hate doing them, but I do them a lot. And then I’d make him take the night shifts on waking up when my daughter gets up in the middle of the night, at three in the morning.
 
Were you named after anybody?
No, not that I know of.
 
Best smell of baseball season?
Pine tar. I put it on my helmet and the smell is oddly appealing. It makes me feel good in the [batter's] box, I can smell it. I really cake it on my helmet.
 
Can you still write in cursive?
Yes. Well, I don’t know how prevalent it is, but I can do it if I need to.
 
Teammate you would assume spends the most time personal grooming?
I think I’m the biggest personal groomer, you could ask everyone, they’d say that. It’s something I’m passionate about as I get older, and use all the face creams and moisturizers, it’s important. You’ve got to take care of your skin.  
 
Only one breakfast for the rest of your life, what’s on that plate?
Pancakes and bacon is my favorite combo.
 
If you were a media member covering the A’s spring training what would your number one story be?
In my five years here, it’s been the least amount of turnover from one season to the next, and all the youth, and so I’d try to focus on that.
 
Amount of time on average you spend preparing for the opposing pitcher?
Forty-five minutes, I’ll say, going over video and pitches, and tendencies -- charts and that stuff.
 
Can MLB players be friends with their coaches?
Yeah. I think of Bob [Melvin] as a friend, [hitting coach Darren Bush] as a friend. Good relationships and we’re not just talking business all the time.
 
If there’s an MLB player you were a fan of, you weren’t a player?
I think Matt Chapman would be my favorite player.
 
Best way to split a lunch or dinner tab with a teammate?
If we’re talking strategically, you go with a guy that has more service time. Then you don’t have to pay for anything. The guy with the most time pays it, usually.