August 19, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker (left) with catcher Derek Norris (36) as they return to the dugout against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
The Athletics and Giants are both still quite relevant when it comes to the wild card race.
Both the Oakland A's (65-55) and the San Francisco Giants (66-55) are still in the thick of the wild card hunts come Monday morning.
Oakland, who was won four straight, completed a series sweep of the Cleveland Indians this past weekend to move 0.5 games back behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card entry. The A's now play the Twins at home this week before taking on the present wild card one-seeded Tampa Bay Rays in a pivotal three-game set.
The Giants have also managed to stay relevant despite losing arguably their best offensive player last Wednesday. San Francisco is 2-2 since Melky Cabrera was handed his 50-game ban, dropping the last game of the San Diego Padres series on Sunday after winning the first two. Now, this week will be arguably the most important seven day stretch of the Giants' season with three games at the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers (67-55) before coming home for four against the wild card leading Atlanta Braves (70-51).