A day off couldn't have come at a better time for an Oakland Athletics team that went on a tear for the last month to clinch its second consecutive AL West title while staying in the hunt for the league's best record.
Manager Bob Melvin hopes the extra rest helps reverse their fortunes against the Seattle Mariners, who host Friday night's series opener seeking to beat the A's for the fifth time in six tries.
Oakland (94-65) lost the final two of a three-game set with Seattle, then went 23-8 from Aug. 23-Sept. 23 and clinched the West crown. The A's, though, fell 3-0 on Tuesday and 3-1 on Wednesday to conclude a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels after averaging 9.8 runs during a five-game winning streak.
Melvin cited fatigue after Oakland's trying stretch to secure the division title. The A's trail Boston, which ends its season with a three-game series against Baltimore, by two games for the AL's best record, and they have a one-game edge on Detroit for home-field advanta...