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By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 9/20/13
The Oakland Athletics are closing in on another AL West title, and giving the ball to Bartolo Colon should get them even closer. It could also improve his chances at another AL Cy Young Award. Colon attempts keep the A's rolling against the Minnesota Twins by continuing his strong stretch run Friday night. Oakland (90-63) has won 10 of 13 games to build a 6 12-game lead on second-place Texas in the division chase with nine to play. The A's magic number at back-to-back West crowns is at four after opening this four-game set with an 8-6 win over Minnesota on Thursday. "I know we're close," said center fielder Coco Crisp, who had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth. "We've got to keep the same philosophy. Hopefully we can get there and win this division." Facing the Twins (65-87) may help since the A's have won eight of the past 10 meetings, and turning to Colon (16-6, 2.73 ERA) should improve their odds further. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner with Los ...
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