AL West wrap: A's win 2nd straight division title

AL West wrap: A's win 2nd straight division title
September 22, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Oakland A's win 2nd straight AL West title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics are AL West champions again.

The A's clinched their 16th AL West title and 26th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City on Sunday. Oakland was playing the Minnesota Twins.

With the Twins batting in the third, word started to circulate around the Oakland Coliseum of Justin Maxwell's two-out grand slam that beat the Rangers in the 10th inning to seal the division title for the A's. Some players kept glancing at the manual scoreboard in left field before the ending of the Royals-Rangers game was shown on the video board between innings.

It was quite a different scene than a year ago, when the A's won the AL West on the final day of the regular season by beating Texas.


Maxwell's slam in 10th lifts Royals over Rangers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Sunday in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders.

The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West with the Rangers' loss.

Texas dropped 1 games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot. Kansas City is 3 back.

Maxwell connected off former Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria.

Royals starter James Shields gave up six hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out two.

Texas starter Alexi Ogando pitched two-hit ball for seven innings, striking out five and walking one.


Bees delay Mariners' 3-2 win over Angels

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Felix Hernandez had 10 strikeouts in a four-inning start, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Sunday in a game delayed twice by bees.

Both teams retreated to their dugouts during a 23-minute delay in the third inning when a swarm of bees invaded the outfield at the Big A, hovering over right-center field near the wall. Bees briefly delayed the game again in the fourth inning before they dispersed.

C.J. Wilson (17-7) pitched eight-hit ball into the ninth inning but lost for the first time since July 5 against Boston, ending a streak that saw him go 9-0 over 13 starts. The left-hander struck out nine while reaching 200 innings for the fourth consecutive season.

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