The A's did the maximum damage they could do on Saturday then had to stash their Champagne goggles away for another day when they got no cooperation elsewhere. Oakland blew past the Twins 9-1 at the Coliseum shrinking its magic number for clinching the AL West to one and putting the A's on the precipice of their second division title in as many years. They must wait another day to celebrate though -the Rangers beat Kansas City 3-1 to keep their slim division hopes alive and to send the A's players streaming out of their clubhouse all the protective plastic sheeting torn down from their lockers. Oakland needs to win one more game or have Texas lose one more in order to claim the division title. "We know it's right there" Oakland starter Jarrod Parker said. "If we handle what we do and win games it's going to happen." Catcher Kurt Suzuki added "If we take care of doing our jobs we can do this ourselves." Texas' game Sunday starts two hours before the A's regular-season home finale; Oakland therefore could clinch in the early going against the Twins. There's no doubt that the A's would like to finish things off in front of their own fans Sunday rather than clinching on the road later in the week. "That's the best thing that can happen for any team to qualify in your home city" outfielder Yoenis Céspedes said with Ariel Prieto interpreting. At 92-63 the A's are 29 games over .500 their most games over .500 since finishing the 2003 season 96-66. They have won 12 of their past 15 games.
A's paste Twins, close to clinching West
San Francisco Chronicle | Sep 22