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Josh Donaldson #20 and Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics congratulate one another after they both scored on a hit by Derek Norris #36 in the fifth inning of their game against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

A’s Forge 1st Place Tie, Defeat Rangers

Travis Blackley allowed one run over six innings in a strong bounce-back performance that helped the Oakland Athletics move into a first-place tie in the AL West with Texas and set up a one-game showdown for the division title.


The Oakland Athletics celebrates after the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers to clinch a playoff spot at O.co Coliseum on October 1, 2012 . (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

A’s Return To Playoffs For 1st Time In Six Years

Coco Crisp’s latest clutch hit helped put Oakland back in the playoffs for the first time in six years, and the Athletics beat the first-place Texas Rangers 4-3 on Monday night to remain in contention for a division crown.


Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at O.co Coliseum on September 14, 2012 in Oakland. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cepedes Homers With Sore Wrist, A’s Defeat Orioles

Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer while playing with a sore right wrist, and the AL wild card-leading Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore 3-2 on Friday night to prevent the Orioles from moving into sole possession of first place in the AL East.


A.J. Griffin #64 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates the third out of the Los Angeles Angels eighth inning with the dugout at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 12, 2012. (Harry How/Getty Images)

A’s Rookie Griffin Goes 6-0 By Defeating Angels

A.J. Griffin threw eight scoreless innings, becoming the second Athletics pitcher in 85 years to start his major league career with six straight wins, and Yoenis Cespedes homered for Oakland in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.


Cliff Pennington #2 of the Oakland Athletics is greeted by Coco Crisp #4 after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 10, 2012 in Anaheim. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

A’s Defeat Angels To Begin Crucial Series

Jarrod Parker pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Brandon Moss and Cliff Pennington homered, and the Oakland Athletics snapped the Los Angeles Angels’ six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Monday night.


Josh Donaldson #20 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with teammates after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 29, 2012. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Surging A’s Defeat Cleveland For 7th Straight Time

Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and five pitchers combined to beat the struggling Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Wednesday night.


Starting pitcher Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 27, 2012. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Anderson’s Strong Start Leads A’s Over Cleveland

Brett Anderson gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on Monday night.


Designated hitter Jonny Gomes #31 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated after his two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning during the game at Tropicana Field on August 24, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Gomes Homers In 8th, A’s Hold Off Rays

Jonny Gomes’ two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.


Jonny Gomes #31 celebrates after scoring on a triple by Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

A’s Score 6 Runs In 9th, Defeat Orioles

Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson, and the Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 on Friday night in a back-and-forth duel that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours.


Brandon Moss

Moss Helps A’s Beat Yankees In 10th Walk-Off Win

Brandon Moss hit a game-ending RBI single with one out in the ninth inning to give Oakland another dose of late-inning dramatics as the Athletics beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Friday night for their seventh win in eight games.