A's Mark Canha Defends Actions on Controversial Slide Against Mariners

Tensions were high.

Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters when an argument ensues on a play, "it's not going to go well."

And it didn't.

Servais got his money's worth during the A's 7-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday, and was ejected by crew chief Mike Everitt and had to be escorted off the field by bench coach Manny Acta.

The argument began over a play when Jurickson Profar hit a ground ball to first. Edwin Encarnacion attempted to start a 3-6-3 double play, but it appeared Canha was running out of the baseline and on the infield grass. This forced Encarnacion to adjust his throw to J.P Crawford at second base. Upon the throw, Crawford made the catch, and Canha slid into him in a way where the contact appeared to force Crawford to refrain from throwing it to first.

Yeah -- it's a lot.

Mike Leake, on the mound, immediately yelled at the second base umpire and the Mariners called for a replay, and the call was upheld.

"Clearly J.P. got taken out on the play," Servais told the Associated Press. "He couldn't finish the play. They thought differently in New York than what I thought."

Canha took to Twitter to discuss the play and defend his action later Sunday evening:

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He later tweeted it was a "perfectly clean, legal, smart" execution.

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