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Athletics win the AL West, beat Rangers 12-5 to cap incredible comeback

The Oakland Athletics won the American League West, beating the Texas Rangers, 12-5. The A's capped off a comeback from 13 games down to win the division.

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The Oakland Athletics are the American League West Champions. They rallied to beat the Texas Rangers in the 162nd game of the season, winning the AL West by just a game.

The Athletics fell behind early, 5-1, as the Rangers piled on five runs at the top of the third to chase A.J. Griffin. But the A's rallied once again, this time with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Coco Crisp doubled in the game-tying run, and Josh Hamilton dropped a crucial third out that scored the go-ahead runs to put Oakland ahead for good. The A's poured on another run in the bottom of the fifth, and four more runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The A's swept the Rangers in the final three games of the season to overcome a two-game deficit and take the division.

The Athletics trailed the Rangers by 13 games on June 30th. The 13-game deficit ties for the third-largest deficit a baseball team ever has had to overcome to win their division. Now they're the champions of the West.