On June 30, the A's were 13 games behind the Rangers. Closer Grant Balfour believes they will shock the baseball world on Wednesday.More: Pratt's Instant Replay Balfour's bold declaration
The A's showed no post-clinch hangover, beating the Rangers 3-1 to set up a must-win Wednesday matinee game that will determine who wins the AL West and who gets sent to a one-game playoff.
Brett Anderson threw from the mound Monday for the first time since straining his right oblique. How he bounces back will determine if he has a chance to take the mound for the A's in a possible one-game playoff Friday.
On Tuesday, Jonny Gomes was voted the winner of the Jim "Catfish" Hunter award, which honors a player that best exemplifies the competitive spirit on and off the field demonstrated by the late Hall of Famer.