The A’s captured their first division crown in six years with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back once more to stun the Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday.
The Rangers – despite 7 more All-Stars and more than double the payroll – are in danger of an epic choke job to a team of which I bet you can’t name 4 players.
Coco Crisp’s latest big hit helped put the A’s in the playoffs for the first time in six years, and they remained in contention for a division crown by beating the Rangers 4-3 on Monday.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer to start a five-run first inning, Matt Harrison got his 18th victory, and the two-time defending AL champs held on for a 9-7 victory on Thursday.
Oakland led for good just three batters into the game and chased Texas starter Martin Perez before the end of the first inning in a 9-3 victory Wednesday night against the Rangers.
George Kottaras hit a leadoff homer against Mark Lowe in the 10th inning and the Athletics moved within four games of the AL West lead by beating the Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Texas right-hander Yu Darvish has been scratched from his start Tuesday against Oakland because of neck stiffness.
Adrian Beltre singled home the winning run in the ninth inning Monday night, and the Rangers rallied past Oakland 5-4 to stretch their division lead to five games, with just nine to play.
For the third straight summer, and with the postseason lurking just 16 games away, the Rangers have been earning all A’s. Now, if they can just hold off the Oakland A’s a bit longer.
Another division title is within reach for the two-time defending American League champion Rangers, as long as they can stay ahead of the surprising Athletics in the AL West.
Former Texas Rangers slugger Jose Canseco has filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada.
Josh Reddick hit a tying two-run double with two outs in the seventh as the A’s salvaged a two-game split with the AL West-leading Rangers.