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Pro Sports Daily:
New York Yankees
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...
BEST OF MAXIM
What started as a dream week for Oakland A’s relief pitcher Pat Neshek turned tragic after his baby son died 23 hours after being born on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a heartwarming story emerged about how Oakland A’s relief pitcher Pat Neshek went from celebrating a playoff berth with the team to racing cross-country to witness the birth of his son in Florida. Tragically, the story has a heart-wrenching ending: Neshek tweeted Wednesday night that little Gehrig John Neshek had passed away, a [...]
A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy has shown he knows how to joke about his scary head injury. His teammates are now joining in the fun. When Oakland clinched its playoff berth, A's players took to celebrating -- but not before making sure McCarthy was protected. McCarthy, who was hit in the head by a line drive early last month and had to have surgery to treat a fractured skull...
How do you like your vindication?
Is eliminating a team with about three times your payroll good enough?
How about overtaking the two-time defending American League champions, a team with more than twice your payroll?
The Los Angeles Angels are vanquished. The Texas Rangers could be next.
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is back in the postseason, back after many...
I love stories, and what the A’s did this year is one of the most amazing stories in baseball history. I haven’t written about the Oakland Athletics at all this year because I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know anybody on their team, I couldn’t take them seriously, and I didn’t know how they were winning. They seem like a rag-tag crew of pickings off the scrap heap...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Pat Neshek said that his newborn son has died.
The former Minnesota Twins right-hander posted on his Twitter account late Wednesday night that he and his wife lost their first child 23 hours after his birth "with no explanation." He asked for prayers, and words of support began flooding Twitter.
Neshek took a flight...
Oakland turned to Travis Blackley to stay in the AL West race, and the journeyman left-hander pushed the A's into a tie with the Texas Rangers with one game remaining. Blackley's outstanding outing was fitting. Expectations were low, after two starts in which he had not made it past the second inning, but he came through, which sums up Oakland's astonishing season....
When it comes what the Oakland A’s accomplished this season, culminated by Wednesday’s division-clinching win, one words best describes it.
This was a team that was 13 games back in the division entering July. This was a team that had less than a one-percent chance to make the playoffs. And now not only is this team going to the playoffs, it’s doing so as AL West...
A few weeks ago, I advocated for a wild card play-in game strategy that involved beginning the game with a reliever and relying heavily on a team’s bullpen to get them through. In that scenario, we used the Atlanta Braves as the example of how it could work. Well, we’re not yet to the wild card play-in game, but with Texas and Oakland going head to head for the AL West title...
Grant Balfour Is His Own Action Figure
10) If this was the last week of Josh Hamilton's time in Texas, he really isn't leaving cloaked in glory9) Grant Balfour looked like he was going to run through a wall to close this game8) There were over 1,000 people in the building for standing room only tickets, proving yet again that when it comes to drawing a crowd, winning baseball...
Remember when the Texas Rangers were running away with everything and were on course to be the the Greatest Team in the History of Whatever? Well, this afternoon the As might just take the 2012 American League West title from them. Certainly the biggest factor in the Oakland’s success this year was the incredibly boring Moneyball movie (if only they had used the alternate script...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Forget the movie about these Oakland A's. Already been done and, besides, Brad Pitt has moved on to other things.
No one would believe this anyway, even if it came from a Hollywood script.
The events that unfolded on a sun-splashed afternoon Wednesday in Oakland should never have happened - they shouldn't have had...