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About last night
A's win, knock O's out of first place
Showalter and Melvin both worthy of AL Manager award
Wolf excited to make first start as an Oriole today
Led by Machado, O's defense has improved
'66 World Series photo still in minds of old Orioles
Saturday's full scoreboard
NYY 82-63 --
BAL 81-64 1
TB 78-67 4
OAK 84-61 --
BAL 81-64 --
LAA 79-67 2.5
TB 78-67 3
DET 77-67 3.5
Other games that matter
Thought of the day
On paper, teams shouldn't be afraid of the A's. They don't hit for average or power. Their pitchers have almost no big-game experience.
But if you think the Orioles want to come back out here for a wild-card playoff game, you're crazy.
These A's limit the big inning with their pitching and defense, and they use their spacious ballpark to their advantage (just like the O's make the most of hitter-friendly
I, like many, thought all along that it was only a matter of time before the Oakland faded. Doesn't look like it's going to happen. With their wild-card lead growing and the number of games dwindling, they're projected to have a 96.3 percent chance of reaching the postseason. (In fact, after last night's win, the A's are only two games behind Texas for the
If a team like the Orioles (or the Yankees or Rays) has to make a cross-country trip from the East Coast for that wild-card playoff, that's going to be a tall task.
Oakland isn't the loudest place to play, and the A's don't have recognizable stars, but this is not a team anybody wants to pay a visit to right now.
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