Another series with a playoff contender provides another opportunity for the Oakland Athletics to prepare themselves for a potential postseason berth.
After they avoided being swept by one club in the playoff hunt, the A's look for a fifth consecutive victory over the AL East-leading New York Yankees on Friday night in the Bronx.
Oakland (85-64) was outscored 18-4 in the first two games at Detroit before it broke out for a 12-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday. The victory moved the A's into a tie with Baltimore for the top wild-card spot in the AL.
"We've been able to come up big when we needed to, and (Thursday) was right along those lines," manager Bob Melvin told the Athletics' official website.
Though Oakland appears in good position to earn one of the two wild-card berths, Melvin and his team won't take anything for granted.
"I'm not even thinking about a cushion," Melvin said. "All we're doing is trying to play for today."
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