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September 26, 2019

The Associated Press
Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday:

AL WILD CARD

Oakland and Tampa Bay could clinch the AL wild-card spots and close out Cleveland.

Francisco Lindor and the Indians put themselves in danger by losing 8-0 to the White Sox on Thursday night. The loss dropped them two games behind the Rays for the second wild-card slot — the three playoff contenders each have three games left. (READ MORE) by Associated Press

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Oakland officially punched its postseason ticket Monday, after the New York Yankees eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays from contention with a 4-1 win at Tropicana Field.

The playoff berth is the first for the A’s since 2014, when Oakland lost in extra innings to the Kansas City Royals in the AL wild card game. If Monday’s standings positions hold, the A’s again will play in the wild card game, most likely against the Yankees. (READ MORE) by Marcus White

That’s Lowrie under there. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Entering 2018, I didn’t think there was any chance that the Oakland A’s could make the postseason. And yet, on Monday night they punched that very ticket by clinching a Wild Card berth. The A’s are going to the playoffs.

Oakland won their game against the Mariners Monday night, but they didn’t even need to do that. Shortly after they began playing in Seattle, the Tampa Bay Rays lost their own game on the East Coast, sinking them far enough behind in the standings that they mathematically couldn’t catch up. That the green and gold also triumphed later in the evening was just a cherry on top, avoiding the awkward situation of celebrating after a loss. (READ MORE) by

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