The Oakland Athletics know that few will give them a chance to repeat in a division featuring sluggers Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout making up a loaded lineup for the Los Angeles Angels.
Fans were lining up in droves for tickets after the A’s clinched the AL West on Wednesday.
The Oakland Athletics captured the AL West with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun the two-time defending league champion Texas Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday.
If the A’s win their last game of the season against the Texas Rangers at the Coliseum Wednesday afternoon, they’ll be the champions of the AL West.
While they’ve already locked up a playoff spot, the Oakland Athletics suddenly find themselves on the verge of overtaking the Texas Rangers.
A victory for the Oakland Athletics would secure their return to the postseason, but they’re still looking to catch the Rangers.
The A’s are the hottest team in baseball since the All-Star break and are currently holding an AL wild card slot. And yes, this is the same team I wrote about three months ago when they were threatening an all-time record for offensive futility.
The season to date, in the AL West, is best summed up by one word: fireworks.
Brandon Inge hit his first homer for Oakland and drove in four runs as the Athletics roughed up rookie Matt Moore in a 9-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Coco Crisp hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the first-place Texas Rangers 4-3 on Thursday to avoid a series sweep.