Late-afternoon or early-evening plans any of the A's might have for Saturday might need to be changed. Not that any of the A's would mind. After Oakland trounced Minnesota 11-0 at the Coliseum on Friday night a couple of hours after Texas lost 2-1 at Kansas City the A's magic number to win the American League West for a second straight year dwindled to two. That means if the A's knock off Minnesota again Saturday afternoon they would become division champs if the Rangers lose again Saturday in Kansas City. That game begins a little after 4 p.m. PDT. Last year the division race went down to the final day of the season not giving the A's much time to prepare for a celebration. Third baseman Josh Donaldson acknowledged he'll be more ready for clinching festivities this time. "I'm planning on actually getting goggles this year. Last year my eyes were burning" Donaldson said referring to the stinging sensation of Champagne. Donaldson added "We've still got to go out there and take care of business. We understand that. We want to continue to keep playing good baseball until the playoffs come." On Friday Donaldson hit a two-run homer singled and walked in four plate appearances. He has reached base safely via a hit or walk in 25 consecutive games. Donaldson's homer was his 24th of the season and capped the scoring in the sixth inning. Yoenis Céspedes opened the scoring with his 25th homer. He jolted an Andrew Albers pitch over the wall in left-center in the second inning.
A's rout Twins, close in on AL West title
San Francisco Chronicle | Sep 21