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The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West in a win over the Texas Rangers in 2012 The Oakland Athletics are one game away from clinching the American League West division title for a second straight year. Last year, the Athletics earned the title on the last game of the regular season. This year, the A’s are not cutting it quite as close but the Texas Rangers are still holding on tightly just as they did in 2012. The Athletics are going to need to win today in the last game of the series against the Minnesota Twins in order to earn the AL West title. This will not be a hard feat seeing as the Twins are 3-14 in their last 17 games while the Athletics are 15-5 for September. The Twins will put Cole De Vries on the mound while the Athletics will have rookie Sonny Gray. Vries has only pitched a total of 8 innings this whole season for the Twins and has a 7.88 ERA. To say he should be scared of the Athletics lineup is an understatement. It seems as though the whole Athletics dugout has been hot lately. Just to name a few: Alberto Callaspo has a five game hitting streak and went 4-for-5 yesterday against the Twins. Third baseman Josh Donaldson has a .424 for his last ten games and has earned at least two hits in each game the A’s have played against the Twins. Then we have Kurt Suzuki who, at 34 plate appearances since re-joining the A’s, is now hitting .313/.353/.563. With the rest of the team hitting consistently, the Athletics look to score a high number of runs in today’s game. Rookie Sonny Gray will be defending the mound for the A’s today. With the magic number being one, there is a lot of pressure on Gray to perform well. This should be no problem for him since he has had one solid start after another since moving up to the MLB from Triple-A in July. With a 2.50 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, Gray is a consistent pitcher who gets the job done. This could be an amazing win for this young rookie seeing as it will also mean that the Athletics have clinched the AL West. The Athletics have a season-high seven and a half game lead over the Rangers. It would make the victory sweeter if the Athletics won this game against the Twins to clinch the AL West, especially since it is their last home game of the season. Despite a third sewage incident, the Oakland Athletics are excited about the possibility to clinch the series at the Coliseum surrounded by their fans. Just like last night, the champagne will be ready if the Athletics do indeed win or if the Rangers lose.

Oakland Athletics clinch AL West title

The Oakland Athletics secured their second straight American League West title by virtue of a Texas Rangers’ 4-0 extra-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals. The A’s 16 division titles puts them just behind the Yankees (18) and Braves (17) for the most division titles. The A’s have gone 17-5 since trailing the

Baby appears to be sipping on a beer during A's celebration

The Oakland A’s captured the A.L. West division crown this weekend, and they of course celebrated like they should with champagne and Bud Light. The only odd portion of the celebration was the baby who was also celebrating and drinking their Bud Light. Welp. [Deadspin] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Back to Back AL West Champions

  With the Texas Rangers 10th inning loss today against the Kansas City Royals, the Oakland Athletics clinched their second straight and 16th overall AL West division championship.  The A’s decided to put an exclamation point on the win by smashing in 11 runs against the Minnesota Twins to finish off the sweep and their last home game until the playoffs in exciting fashion. Oakland...

Photo: Baby celebrates Oakland Athletics clinching division by drinking beer

Sunday was a momentous occasion for the Oakland Athletics as they secured their second straight division title with an 11-7 win at home over Minnesota. After the game, they did what every Major League Baseball team does after winning a division crown, which is blow the stress and pressure off a long season with some cold beverages, loud music, and wild celebration. Oh, and...

Twins attempt to delay A's division celebration

If the Oakland Athletics continue their power surge against the Minnesota Twins, they could be celebrating a second straight division title late Saturday night. The Athletics can clinch a share of the AL West title in the afternoon Saturday after homering five times halfway through this four-game home set. Five different Oakland players have homered in this series, with three going...

Baby Caught Drinking Out of Beer Bottle During A’s American League West Clinching Celebration (Photo)

The Oakland Athletics are known as a loose, fun baseball club, but this may be taking it a little too far. As the A’s celebrated winning the American League West, everyone was getting in on the celebration — including some folks associated with the team who were not of drinking age (or barely any age at all). Twenty-one years old? Try 21 months. With the suds flowing freely in...

Oakland veteran Bartolo Colon humbles youthful Twins

At 40 years old, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon is nearly twice the age of some of the Twins hitters he faced Friday. On this night, the crafty veteran showed that age is just a number. Colon held Minnesota scoreless through six innings as the A's routed the Twins 11-0 and inched closer to clinching the American League West division. Oakland's magic number is now at two...

Baby caught drinking a Bud Light during Oakland A’s AL West Celebration

The Oakland A’s captured their second consecutive AL West division Championship on Sunday after beating the second-place Texas Rangers, 11-7. While Grant Balfour was being interviewed during the post-game celebration, Comcast Sportsnet caught a woman giving a baby a drink out of Bud Light can. Getting ‘em started early, apparently. [Deadspin]

Athletics beat Twins 11-7, capture AL West again

Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had a solo shot and the Oakland Athletics wrapped up their second straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7 Sunday. The A's clinched their 16th division crown and 25th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City earlier. Oswaldo Arcia homered and drove in six runs for Minnesota...

A's beat Twins 9-1, lower magic number to 1

The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Saturday behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo. The A's have won 12 of 15 and are 16 of their last 21, opening a season-high 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Texas entering Saturday. Texas was Kansas City later...

A's clinch 2nd straight AL West title

The Oakland Athletics are AL West champions again. The A's clinched their 16th division title and 26th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City on Sunday. Oakland was hosting the Minnesota Twins. With the Twins batting in the third, word started to circulate around the Oakland Coliseum of Justin Maxwell's two-out grand slam that beat the Rangers in the 10th...

A's beat Twins, magic number now 1

The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Saturday behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo. The A's have won 12 of 15 and are 16 of their last 21, opening a season-high 7 1/2-game lead over second-place Texas entering Saturday. Texas was Kansas City later...

Cesepdes, Donaldson homer, A's top Twins 11-0

Minnesota Twins left-hander Andrew Albers left too many critical pitches over the plate on a night when his fastball was only marginally effective. Two costly errors behind him didn't help, either. Albers was hit hard for the third time in his last four starts but was hurt more by the Twins' defense in an 11-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. ''Really... Coliseum Plagued by Sewage Problems Once Again, Visitor’s Dugout is Underwater After Heavy Rain (Photo)

Another day, another sewage problem at Coliseum. In what has become one of the more repulsive trends in baseball this season, the Oakland A’s are battling yet another issue with sewage. A small sewage leak on Tuesday night led to a bit of a mess in the home dugout, and after some heavy rain came down on Oakland on Saturday morning, they found the small mess had turned into...

Athletics-Angels Preview

Although the Oakland Athletics have clinched a second straight AL West title, they still have something to play for with home-field advantage in a division series up for grabs. It could still be another day, however, until they turn their entire focus to playoff seeding. After celebrating their division crown, it's uncertain how many regulars will be in the starting lineup...
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