A’s set to clash with equally hot Tigers

AP File Photo“If there’s ever a good day to do that

No one saw this coming but the A’s themselves.

On Wednesday, Oakland became the first team to come from five or more games back to win a division or a pennant with fewer than 10 games to play, topping the Rangers 12-5 to complete a three-game sweep and take the AL West crown.

The A’s never held sole possession of first place this season until they recorded the final out of game No. 162.

“If there’s ever a good day to do that, it’s today,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday.

Oakland is the fifth team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by 13 games, which the A’s did on June 30.

Before the season, the A’s were projected to finish in last place in the West after trading away All-Star pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey. Instead, they rallied behind a rotation that ended the season filled with five rotations, a bullpen that rarely wavered and an offense that showed plenty of power in the second half.

Oakland led the majors with 112 homers after the All-Star break.

Next on the agenda, though, the A’s must tackle the only team in baseball that enters the postseason with as much momentum as Oakland: the Detroit Tigers. Oakland opens the AL Division Series at Detroit on Saturday, when it will face Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

Detroit charged past the Chicago White Sox in the season’s final two weeks to claim the AL Central title.

The Tigers’ hard-throwing rotation, plus an offense led by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, will present a major challenge for the A’s, but Oakland knows a little bit about overcoming low expectations.

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