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Jaffe: A's win the West in a wild one

Jaffe: A's win the West in a wild one

CNNSI.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Updated Oct 3, 2012
In a wild, wild finish, the A's won the AL West by rallying past the Rangers 12-5 and capping a comeback that began when they were 13 games back in late June, says Jay Jaffe.
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  • A's Beane earned moment to celebrate

    A's Beane earned moment to celebrate

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Billy Beane allowed himself time to celebrate the A's American League West title on Wednesday, something the general manager shorted himself during five previous playoff berths.
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  • McCarthy not ruling out a return if A's make deep run

    McCarthy not ruling out a return if A's make deep run

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Exactly four weeks after taking a line drive to the head that fractured his skull and led to emergency surgery, Brandon McCarthy was in the A's clubhouse handing out beers to teammates and spraying champagne Wednesday to celebrate winning the American L…
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  • Reds' Cueto gets nod in Game 1 against Giants

    Reds' Cueto gets nod in Game 1 against Giants

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed Wednesday that right-hander Johnny Cueto will start the opener of the NL Division Series against San Francisco.
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: This One Goes Out To All The A's Fans

    Deadspin Up All Night: This One Goes Out To All The A's Fans

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. We'll have more for you tomorrow. In honor of the A's taking the AL West, I give you Bill fucking King. More »
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  • Holy Shit, The Athletics Just Won The AL West

    Holy Shit, The Athletics Just Won The AL West

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    In April, Baseball Prospectus picked the Oakland A's to finish 73-89. In June, we called the team "hopeless," and said they were playing out the string. Today, they beat the Rangers, 12-5, to finish 94-68, one game better than Texas. In first …
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  • Giants considering extra righty in bullpen

    Giants considering extra righty in bullpen

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    Though manager Bruce Bochy remained mum on whether his Division Series pitching staff will consist of 11 or 12 Giants, he did toss out a few morsels of information.
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  • The Oakland A’s Cap Off An Incredible Late-Season Comeback And …

    The Oakland A’s Cap Off An Incredible Late-Season Comeback And Win The AL West

    deadspin.com Oct 3, 2012
    "The Oakland A's have shocked the Rangers and the baseball world!" That's one way to put it mildly. As Dan Brooks of BrooksBaseball.net reminded us all, the A's had less than a 1 percent chance of even making the playoffs back on June 15. That…
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  • As No. 2 seed, Reds ready for Giants in NLDS

    As No. 2 seed, Reds ready for Giants in NLDS

    MLB.com Oct 3, 2012
    The Reds now know who they will face in the National League Division Series. It will be the Giants, with Game 1 of the best-of-five series beginning at 9:37 p.m. ET at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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  • Dennis Allen explains why he was smiling after Raiders lost

    Dennis Allen explains why he was smiling after Raiders lost

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    Oakland coach Dennis Allen grinned as he shook the hand of Denver coach John Fox following the Broncos’ 37-6 beatdown of the Raiders on Sunday, and some Raiders fans have complained that it looked like their coach wasn’t taking the loss as hard as he
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  • Evaluation process in full swing for Raiders

    Evaluation process in full swing for Raiders

    insidebayarea.com Oct 3, 2012
    Coach Dennis Allen promised a thorough evaluation of his team over the next two weeks. That process will take him and his coaching staff from A to Z, Allen said. As of now, the process is somewhere in the middle, Allen said. Now that the players are off…
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  • Raiders in midst of final practice before bye

    Raiders in midst of final practice before bye

    insidebayarea.com Oct 3, 2012
    No surprises, or new faces, on the practice field today, as the Raiders get in one last practice before breaking for four days during the bye week. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot), right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), defensive tackle Richar…
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  • NFL may need to move Raiders-Jaguars game on Oct. 21

    NFL may need to move Raiders-Jaguars game on Oct. 21

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    There’s only one stadium still in use by teams from both Major League Baseball and the National Football League, but one is all you need to create a scheduling problem. The league could be dealing with one in a couple of weeks. Should the Oakland A’s
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  • Jets' Ryan saw fatigue, 'no quit' vs. 49ers

    Jets' Ryan saw fatigue, 'no quit' vs. 49ers

    New York Jets coach Rex Ryan disagreed with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers' claim that the Jets quit during Sunday's 34-0 loss at home.
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  • Patrick Willis garners NFC defensive player of the week honor

    Patrick Willis garners NFC defensive player of the week honor

    profootballtalk.com Oct 3, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers dominated the lifeless, reeling New York Jets by a score of 34-0 in Week Four, and for his efforts in the game, Niners linebacker Patrick Willis earned NFC defensive player of the week honors. Willis racked up ten tackles against…
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  • Drop stats: 49ers' hands not best I've seen

    Drop stats: 49ers' hands not best I've seen

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    The best hands Jim Harbaugh has ever seen on a wide receiver account for two of the San Francisco 49ers' 11 drops this season. Michael Crabtree, though generally very solid for the 49ers this season, hasn't met the nearly impossible standard his head co…
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  • NFL honors Matt Prater

    NFL honors Matt Prater

    Matt Prater didn’t kick a game-winning field goal Sunday. He didn’t need to. His Denver Broncos smoked the Oakland Raiders, 37-6. Still, Prater found a way to contribute in the blowout by dominating every time his foot hit the ball, and that’s why t
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  • MossWatch: Why he isn't playing more

    MossWatch: Why he isn't playing more

    ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers attempted one pass to Randy Moss during their 34-0 victory against the New York Jets. Alex Smith wasn't even the quarterback of record for the play. Moss, 35, has only eight receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown in his first …
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  • Blackley silences Rangers as A's pull even in AL West

    Blackley silences Rangers as A's pull even in AL West

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Oct 3, 2012
    Blackley silences Rangers as A's pull even in AL West
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  • Darrius Heyward-Bey Back at Raiders Practice

    Darrius Heyward-Bey Back at Raiders Practice

    raidersgab.com Oct 3, 2012
    Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to practice Tuesday according to Paul Gutierrez of ComcastSportsNetCalifornia. Heyward-Bey will likely be eased back in with limited practices until he finishes his battery of concussion tests. The Raiders are …
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  • Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 4

    Absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 4

    yahoo.com Oct 3, 2012
    Top AFC seeds: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division champs: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots AFC wild cards: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers Top NFC seeds: Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers Other NFC division champs: Philad…
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  • 49ers' Brandon Jacobs getting into shape

    49ers' Brandon Jacobs getting into shape

    sfgate.com Oct 3, 2012
    49ers' Brandon Jacobs getting into shape Running back Brandon Jacobs was running 60-yard dashes full bore Tuesday in triple-digit heat and, asked about the knee injury he sustained Aug. 18 in Houston, said, I'm ready to play. Jacobs returned to practice…
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  • Video - A's Win AL West 00:31

    A's Win AL West

    Oct 3
    Athletics finish off sweep of Rangers with 12-5 win to capture the division title.
  • Video - A's score a pair on error 00:30

    A's score a pair on error

    Oct 3
    TEX@OAK: A's take lead on Hamilton's error in fourth
  • Video - SweetSpot: Mailbag Edition 06:50

    SweetSpot: Mailbag Edition

    Oct 3
    Dave Schoenfield and Eric Karabell answer viewer questions, and give their World Series Predictions.
  • Video - Giants get Ellis at third 00:30

    Giants get Ellis at third

    Oct 3
    SF@LAD: Arias, Pagan nail Ellis trying for a triple

Sports Columnists

  • Young defensive backs have made their marks

    Oct 3
    At the 2012 draft, wide receivers were the rage, but it's been the rookie DBs who have made a difference, writes John Clayton