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The Oakland Athletics captured the AL West with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun the two-time defending league champion Texas Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday. Josh Hamilton dropped a fly ball in center field for a two-run error that put the A's (94-68) ahead 7-5 in a six-run fourth inning. Hamilton's Rangers (93-69) are headed to the new one-game, wild-card playoff on the heels of just their second three-game sweep of 2012. Both teams had to wait to learn their opponents from a pair of night games: Boston at New York, and Baltimore at Tampa Bay. The A's would earn the AL's No. 1 seed if the Yankees lose, and open the division series at the winner of Friday's wild-card playoff featuring the Rangers. If New York wins, Oakland would be the No. 2 seed and begin at Detroit. The A's needed a sweep and they delivered to win their first division crown since 2006 and 15th in all. They overcame a five-game ...
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