Found July 13, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
By JEFF MEZYDLO, STATS Senior WriterA .500 record at the All-Star break has the Oakland Athletics feeling confident heading into the rest of the season.The A's hope to continue their recent success Friday night when they face the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.Since enduring a nine-game skid from May 22-June 1, Oakland (43-43) has gone 21-13. The A's allowed 15 runs while winning six of seven before the break - seven of which came in that lone loss - to pull within 2 12 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot.Oakland is .500 at the All-Star break for the first time since 2008, when it was 51-44 but finished 75-86."It feels great," outfielder Josh Reddick said. "For us to go in halfway through this thing at .500 is huge."Reddick is a big reason Oakland has been competitive, posting team highs of 20 homers and 43 RBIs after being acquired in the trade the sent reliever Andrew Bailey to Boston in December. He went 6 for 13 with a home run while...
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