OAKLAND – It took just one game for Mark Canha to realize he needed to make an adjustment.
Feeling he wasn’t aggressive enough at the plate in his first start Monday, Canha was determined to go after his pitch early Wednesday if he liked it. Sure enough, he jumped on the first pitch he saw from the White Sox’s Carlos Rodon in the second inning and drilled it for an opposite-field homer that helped the A’s to a 2-1 victory over the White Sox.
“Anytime I get out of my aggressive approach, that usually doesn’t work out for me,” Canha said. “I’m trying to get back to what I do best.”
It was his only hit in a 1-for-4 night. But sandwiched between two strikeouts, he hit a liner right at Chicago third baseman Todd Frazier for the final out of the sixth.
A’s manager Bob Melvin may have to get creative at times to wedge Canha into the lineup, but it hasn’t been a challenge in this season-opening series. The White Sox started lefties in each of the first three games, and the right-handed hitting Canha started at first base in Monday’s opener, then right field on Wednesday, as Josh Reddick sat.
The A’s see their first right-hander in Thursday afternoon’s series finale when Mat Latos takes the ball for the Sox.
When the A’s travel to Seattle for this weekend’s three-game series against the Mariners, infielder Eric Sogard will stay in the Bay Area to continue rehabbing his strained neck. Sogard said he first hurt his neck while taking batting practice before last Thursday’s Bay Bridge Series opener.
He’s shown some improvement, to the point where he can take full swings off the tee. But he said it still hurts to turn his head fully to look toward the pitcher’s mound while he’s in the batter’s box, so he has yet to take batting practice.
With Wednesday’s win, the A’s avoided their first 0-3 start since 1996.