A’s bring magic number to 1 with win over Twins

The A’s will need at  least one more day before celebrating a playoff berth.    They beat the Twins 9-1 Saturday with great pitching from Jarrod Parker and some timley hitting by Alberto Callaspo.  After their win,  the A’s team watched the Texas Rangers game against Kansas City to hoping for a Royals win and automatic playoff birth.  But Texas took care of business and beat the Royals, leaving the champagne that was on ice waiting another day to be uncorked.    Oakland can still celebrate at home by beating Minnesota in the series finale on Sunday.   The Athletics  have won 12 of 15 and are 16 of their last 21, which has resulted in a  7 1/2-game lead over second-place Texas.

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