Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
OAKLAND -- Baseball's most improbable story of 2012 is complete: The Oakland Athletics are champions of the American League West. Written off by the experts following an offseason in which young stars were again traded, the A's faced a 13-game deficit as late as June 30 before stealing the division title from Texas, beating the Rangers 12-5 Wednesday. "The bottom line is we believed we should be here in this situation," center fielder Coco Crisp said, "and that's not going to change." The A's, who picked up six games in the standings over the final nine days, rallied from an early 5-1 deficit Wednesday. Oakland never held sole possession of first place all season until getting the final out of the season's 162nd game. Two-time World Series runners-up Texas, meanwhile, led the division for 176 consecutive days until Oakland tied for first Tuesday. "You've got to play the game between the lines," Rangers manager Ron Washi...
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