Editor's Note: From his home on the Northern California coast, Page 2's Eric Neel is keeping a diary of the 2002 pennant races involving the Giants, Dodgers, A's and Angels. This is the 11th installment of Neel's journal.
Friday, Sept. 20
Thursday's scoreboard: A's over Angels, 5-3; Dodgers down the Giants, 6-3.
Status: Oakland has a one-game lead over Anaheim in the AL West; Los Angeles pulls to within one game of San Francisco for the NL wild-card spot. Nine games left.