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OAKLAND, Calif. -- 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.
A short time later, the A's beat the Twins 11-7. After Evan Scribner struck out Josmil Pinto swinging for the final out, the A's sprinted out of the dugout in celebration, jumping around in their gold uniforms to turn the infield into a blur.