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Mark Canha apologizes for bat flip, then takes it back

In the top of the seventh inning, with the Giants leading 3-2, Athletics pinch-hitter Mark Canha stepped up and connected on a no-doubter that landed high up the left field bleachers. The two-run blast gave the A’s the 4-3 lead that would carry into the final score, tying the series at one game apiece.

Canha celebrated the play with exuberance from start to finish. He flipped his bat, jogged around the bases, and screamed “My house” as he entered the A’s dugout in AT&T Park. And with that, Canha, a San Jose native and University of Cal alum, imbued some life into this Battle of the Bay rivalry.

After the game, Canha apologized for the bat flip, then reversed his comment.

The Giants and A’s play six consecutive games wrapped around the All-Star Break. The teams will play the first series’ rubber match Sunday afternoon — jeopardizing San Francisco’s 12 straight home series win streak— before traversing the Bay to Oakland Alameda Coliseum to begin the season’s second half next week.


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