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A’s finish sweep of Rangers, win AL West

Oct 3, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

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The A’s finished off their incredible comeback in style Wednesday, overcoming a 5-1 deficit to pound the Rangers 12-5 and win the AL West.

Today marks the first time all year the A’s have been alone in first place in the AL West. They were as many as 13 games behind Texas on June 30.

The A’s claimed the division despite finishing the season with a rotation containing five rookies. They had one All-Star (reliever Ryan Cook) to the Rangers’ eight. It’s quite likely that they’ll place no one in the top 10 in the AL MVP balloting or in the top five in the Cy Young balloting.

Texas jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third today in part because the A’s failed to handle a pair of popups. The first one resulted in one out anyway (the runner had to wait halfway between first and second on the fly to shallow right), but it likely would have been a double play had it been caught, since Josh Hamilton ran from second to third on the ball. The second popup fell just fair about a third of the way down the third-base line.

The A’s came right back in the fourth, though, collecting three straight hits to knock Ryan Dempster out of the game. They tied it at 5 on a Coco Crisp double. Later, with two outs and two on, Yoenis Cespedes hit a fly to center than Hamilton seemed to see all of the way. However, at the very last second, he apparently lost it in the sun, as it ended up going just wide of his glove for a two-run error.

The Oakland bullpen kept the Rangers quiet from there, doing a masterful job once again. Evan Scribner pitched three scoreless innings after starter A.J. Griffin was pulled in the third. Cook turned in a scoreless seventh while working for the fifth straight day and then fellow rookie Sean Doolittle tossed a scoreless eighth while pitching on a fourth straight day. The A’s busted it open in the bottom of the eighth, scoring four runs to up their lead from three to seven.

Despite the result today, the A’s still have no idea who they’ll be facing in the postseason. It could even be the Rangers if the Yankees lose, giving the A’s the AL’s top seed, and the Rangers win the wild card game against the Orioles or Yankees.

  1. beerbudsnbevo - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Hey Ron Washington, do us a favor and pick up Jerry Jones and leave town…

    And that goes for Josh Hamilton also…head down to the bar and don’t come back

  2. bobinnh85 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Good for the A’s…money doesn’t always guarantee success. Now if only their fans would come out and support them.

  3. ejj35 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    From the AAA’s to the Swinging A’s!

  4. ericellers - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Love to watch the idiot Ron Washington and those red neck peckerwood owners of that org LLOOSSEE! But I do want them to beat the O’s if only to see the Yankees put them out of the post season! Congrats to the A’s!

  5. stlouis1baseball - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Congratulations to the Oakland A’s! Well done.

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