Coco Crisp sent the ball high into the Oakland night and suddenly all the talk about the worrisome A's bullpen was put on hold.
A few hours after receiving the Catfish Hunter Award as the team's most inspirational player Crisp hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning to lift the A's to an 8-6 victory over the Twins before 11461 at the Coliseum.
The magic number for the A's to clinch the American League West dropped to four and the only question seems to be whether the A's will clinch this weekend in Oakland or push back their celebration to next week on the road.
Their magic number for clinching at minimum a wild-card spot is three but that's hardly front and center for a team banking on back-to-back division titles. The A's are far enough ahead of second-place Texas - 6 1/2 games with nine to play - that their fans need to keep the month of October open.
"I know we're close but we've got to keep the same philosophy" said Crisp who has a career-high 21 homers. "You can't...