SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th August, 2020 09:34 IST Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 09:34 IST A’s Do It Again: Canha’s 3-run HR In 9th Beats Giants 7-6 Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied late for the second straight game, slugging past the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied late for the second straight game, slugging past the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night.A night earlier, Oakland rallied from a 7-2 deficit to win 8-7 in 10 innings after Stephen Piscotty’s tying grand slam in the ninth. The A’s are an AL-best 15-6 and have a three-game winning streak.The A’s quickly are making a habit of dramatic finishes — they’ve already had two walkoff grand slams.Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and Matt Olson also connected for the A’s, who won for the 12th time in 14 games.Darin Ruf put San Francisco ahead 6-3 with a three-run shot in the seventh before the bullpen squandered it again.Trevor Gott (1-1) surrendered Sean Murphy’s leadoff homer in the ninth that started the latest A’s rally and a one-out double to Tony Kemp before walking Matt Olson, bringing up Canha.T.J. McFarland (2-0) recorded the final out of the eighth for the victory before Liam Hendriks closed it out for the second straight game and his seventh save.Giants starter Kevin Gausman struck out a career-high 11 over 5 2/3 innings. It marked his fourth double-digit strikeout game and first since April 17, 2019, against Arizona while with the Braves.Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run triple in the fourth before scoring on shortstop Semien’s wild throw past Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman.Olson tied it in the sixth. Of his seven hits in 43 at-bats over his last 11 games all of those have cleared the fences.Left-hander Sean Manaea started a day earlier than scheduled for Oakland but is still searching for his first victory of 2020. He went 4-0 last September upon returning from shoulder surgery before losing the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay.SPECIAL MOMENTA’s infield prospect Vimael Machin, the deisgnated hitter as Khris Davis got most of the day off, singled leading off the third for his first major league hit. He scored on Semien’s homer.MANAEA BY THE NUMBERSManaea reached five innings for the first time over his initial five starts and his first outing not surrendering four or more runs.That such streak of not getting through the fifth and giving up at least four runs was the second-longest to begin a season in A’s history — with the only longer stretch being five by Rick Langford in 1983.Manaea has allowed 20 runs so far.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: RHP opening day starter Frankie Montas was scheduled to play catch a day after he woke up with the stiffness in his back and lower neck and was scratched from his scheduled start. While he was better, manager Bob Melvin said it wasn’t worth pushing him and Montas would likely throw off a mound before pitching again — “Tuesday at the earliest” in Arizona, Melvin said. … LHP A.J. Puk, on the injured list and yet to appear this season because of a strained pitching shoulder, threw a 20-pitch bullpen Friday and is set for a 30-pitch session Monday. “They have it all mapped out,” Melvin said.Giants: OF Austin Slater returned to the lineup leading off as the designated hitter after missing the previous two games with a strained right elbow.UP NEXTRHP Logan Webb (1-1, 2.81 ERA) pitches the series finale for San Francisco opposite A’s RHP Mike Fiers (1-1, 6.86).Image credits: AP
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Some of us pass away early and some live until they’re 104. That’s obviously part of everybody’s deal. But other than that, he’s somebody who’s such a competitor that he wants to compete as long as he can,” Popovich said. “He does the things he needs to do with his body, both in what he puts in his body and how he works his body out so he can play as long as possible. That’s what drives him.”And with Bryant’s determination not enough, that left Popovich offering sympathy to the Lakers’ star.“When somebody like that in that stature goes down, it’s not good for everybody,” Popovich said. “Obviously for his team, but for the league as well.” Change the channelTNT canceled its plans Friday to televise the Lakers’ home game at Staples Center against the New York Knicks on March 12. Earlier this week, ESPN dropped the Lakers’ game in New York on Feb. 1, as the two teams have a combined 19-67 record. The scheduled Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 2 had also changed for the second time in less than a week. After ABC dumped its plan to telecast the game at 12:30 p.m. and shifted the time to 6:30 p.m., ESPN has since picked up the game and will move the time up to 3:30 p.m. SAN ANTONIO — Amid all the success San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich enjoyed through five NBA championship runs, there remained one central figure that made his blood pressure boil on the sideline.His name is Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ star winning two of his five NBA championships after playing a role in eliminating the Spurs in the postseason. But with the 36-year-old Bryant having a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that could sideline him for the rest of the 2014-15 season, Popovich looked at those frustrating times with nostalgia. “I can think of a lot of shots Kobe made that basically knocked us out,” Popovich said before the Lakers (12-31) faced the Spurs (27-17) on Friday at AT&T Center. “In an odd, weird sort of way, I sort of enjoy it. When they don’t play anymore, you get to say, Wow, I got to see so and so play. He’s one of those kind of guys.”Bryant fits that mold partly because he has overcome extensive injuries in his 19-year career. In the past two years, Bryant suffered season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee before eventually returning.