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Bears Set To Make Mark In MLB Playoffs
A’s Trio Highlights Cal Presence In Postseason
Semien, Canha and Melvin head to the American League Wild Card game as part of an A's team that completed one of the most improbable rises in recent history. Oakland enters Wednesday's wild card game at New York with a 97-65 record, good for fourth-best in baseball, and Melvin ranks as a strong candidate for AL Manager of the Year after leading the A's to the postseason for the fourth time in seven full seasons as their skipper.
And, both Semien and Canha played a major role in the A's ascension. Semien played in 159 games, hitting .255 with 15 home runs and 70 RBIs. He also stole 14 bases and scored a career-high 89 runs. Canha also enjoyed a tremendous season, playing in 122 games and hitting .249 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs. His flexibility in the outfield proved critical as Canha gave the A's a consistent right-handed presence in the lineup.
Morrow will go to the playoffs as a member of a Cubs team that is also headed to the wild card round and a Tuesday showdown against either Los Angeles or Colorado. One of baseball's top relievers, Morrow will miss the postseason due to a forearm injury that limited him to just 35 appearances in his first season in Chicago. When healthy, he was a major difference-maker for the Cubs with a 1.47 ERA and 22 saves in 30.2 innings of work.
The A's and Yankees take center stage on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (PT) and the winner will head to Fenway Park to begin the Division Series on Oct. 5. The Cubs and either the Dodgers or Rockies will play on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Wrigley Field.
BERKELEY – Bay Area baseball fans have had a chance to watch former Cal stars Marcus Semien and Mark Canha in action all season and now that duo, along with Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin and Chicago Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, will take on the Major League Baseball postseason that begins Tuesday with the National League Wild Card game.