Sean Doolittle

Brandon Moss #37 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Stephen Vogt #21 after Moss scored during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at O.co Coliseum on September 19, 2013 in Oakland. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

A’s Lower Magic Number To 4 For AL West Title

Coco Crisp hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to clinch the AL West to four with a back-and-forth 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

09/19/2013

Dan Straily #67 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 13, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A’s Top Rangers To Start Key AL West Series

Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Oakland Athletics survived a shaky night from the bullpen to extend their AL West lead with a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

09/13/2013

Pedro Florimon #25 of the Minnesota Twins catches Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics stealing second base during the fifth inning of the game on September 10, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A’s Fall To Twins, Stay 2 Games Ahead In AL West

Josh Willingham hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth that put the Twins in front for good, to lead Minnesota past the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Tuesday night.

09/10/2013

Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on August 20, 2013 in Oakland. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

A’s Give Up Early Lead, Lose To Mariners

Josh Donaldson and Nate Freiman both homered for the A’s, who dropped 1 ½ games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Derek Norris also drove in a run for the A’s.

08/20/2013

Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on August 16, 2013 in Oakland. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

A’s Hold On For 1st Win Over Cleveland In 5 Tries

The A’s gained ground on first-place Texas in the AL West race for the second straight day, pulling within a half-game after the Rangers lost at home to Seattle.

08/16/2013

Chris Carter #23 of the Houston Astros trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run as Josh Donaldson #20 and Jarrod Parker #11 looks on in the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum on August 14, 2013 in Oakland. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

A’s Miss Opportunties, Lose To Astros In 11 Innings

Yoenis Cespedes singled and scored Oakland’s run. The A’s have dropped nine of 13 and fell two games behind first-place Texas in the West.

08/14/2013

Manager Bob Melvin #6 of the Oakland Athletics takes pitcher Sean Doolittle #62 out of the game in the eighth inning aginst the Boston Red Sox at O.co Coliseum on July 12, 2013 in Oakland. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

A’s Unable To Hold Off Red Sox In Matchup Of Division Leaders

Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Friday night in a matchup between the AL’s top teams.

07/12/2013

A.J. Griffin #64 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the interleague game at Miller Park on June 04, 2013 in Milwaukee. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

GameDay: Did Hook Cost A’s In Milwaukee?

The reason you won’t see any more 300-game winners is because of the set-up man and the closer. And when you have Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour, who could blame Bob Melvin for pulling A.J. Griffin after seven shutout innings of four-hit baseball?

06/05/2013

Adam Rosales #17 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego #2 after Rosales hit a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum on May 17, 2013 in Oakland. The home run put the Athletics ahead in the game 2-1. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Late Homer By Rosales Lifts A’s Over Royals

Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Friday night.

05/17/2013

Lance Berkman #27 of the Texas Rangers is tagged out at home plate by Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum on May 14, 2013 in Oakland. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

A’s Fall To Rangers In 10 Innings

Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning, Mitch Moreland followed with his second of the game and the Texas Rangers held off the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Tuesday night.

05/14/2013

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