Originally written on Five Tool Tool  |  Last updated 10/3/12
Not Oakland, At Least, Not Yet Tonight in Oakland, the A's made the first 161 games of the regular season irrelevant, by beating the Rangers for a second straight game. Tomorrow, at 12:35 local time and 3:35 Eastern time in front of a nationwide MLB Network audience, they play for the AL West division championship. No, seriously. A team with a $55 million payroll, that plays in the only multi-sport stadium still in use in MLB, who routinely draws in the four figures, who have spent the last six years bleeding away talent while waiting to get a building that will let them get to the nine-figure budget range to compete, who start four -- FOUR! -- rookies in the starting rotation and a lineup peppered with guys that are the baseball equivalent of driftwood... Will play the two-time defending American League champions, with money to spare in a more or less model organization. After eliminating a team that signs the most expensive players in baseball year after year. Now, the thing abou...
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