Unlike early September last year, the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers are neck and neck chasing the AL West title.
Both clubs are ready for this race to go right down to the end -- again.
Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review, and the A's pulled into a first-place tie with Texas by beating the Rangers 4-2 on Monday.
''You enjoy the race,'' A's closer Grant Balfour said. ''I'd like to say we're sitting here 10 games up.''
Yoenis Cespedes homered leading off the second inning and Chris Young added an RBI single in Oakland's fourth straight win. David Murphy hit a tying two-run shot in the Texas fifth for his first homer since Aug. 1. But the Rangers loaded the bases against Dan Otero with one out in the sixth and couldn't deliver.
Crisp set a career high with his 17th homer that stayed just fair of the left-field foul pole, topping his 16 for Cleveland in 2005. He homered for the third straight game to help the A's (79-58...