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SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years Monday night Giancarlo Stanton Jersey , earning at least an American League wild card when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees.Following three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A’s found out just a couple of minutes after the first pitch of their game against Seattle that they are in the postseason for the first time since 2014.Tampa Bay’s 4-1 loss to the Yankees eliminated the Rays from playoff contention. Oakland still has an outside shot at overtaking Houston for the division title, but is more likely headed toward a wild-card matchup with the Yankees.The A’s could still host that game. They beat the Mariners 7-3 to remain 1½ games behind the Yankees for the top wild card.Few people imagined the A’s could make the playoffs this season, a young team with few proven stars after finishing 75-87 a year ago. Oakland won only 68 games in 2015 and 69 in 2016.The A’s have the third-lowest payroll among the 30 major league clubs at $78 million for their 40-man roster, ahead of only the White Sox and Rays.Oakland was 34-36 and 11 games behind Seattle in the wild-card race on June 15. The A’s have gone 61-26 since then.“We’ve had some younger players mature and become, for me, stars,” manager Bob Melvin said Monday. “I think the two guys on the corners (third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson) should win Gold Gloves.“Our defense is night-and-day to what it was and it’s gotten better as the year’s gone along. We’ve gone from last year being one of the worst defenses in the league to now one of the best. Our bullpen has been a strength for us all year. We don’t just rely on one facet. We seem to be able to win in different ways.”Oakland designated hitter Khris Davis leads the majors with a career-high 46 home runs and has 120 RBIs. Davis has hit at least 40 homers and driven in more than 100 runs in each of this three seasons with the Athletics.Blake Treinen is 9-2 and one of the top closers in baseball this season with 37 saves and a 0.80 ERA , the lowest of all major league relievers with at least 75 innings pitched. Opponents have a .091 batting average against him with runners in scoring position.“It’s amazing,” Melvin said. “Not only is he doing it closing games, he’s doing it in games when we’re tied and he’s pitching two innings at times. The numbers are absolutely fantastic. I don’t know that I’ve seen numbers like that from any closer in quite some time. He’s meant a lot to this team.”The A’s are the only team in the majors with an undefeated record this season when leading after seven innings (68-0). They have the best record in one-run games at 31-13.Oakland made key moves to bolster the pitching staff via trades over the summer by adding veteran relievers Jeurys Familia and Fernando Rodney and starter Mike Fiers, who is 5-1 with a 2.90 ERA since joining the Athletics.The A’s overcame losing key starters from their rotation down the stretch. That included left-hander Sean Manaea, who pitched a no-hitter on April 21 against Boston and is now done for the year recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery that took place this past week.The Athletics are making their fourth playoff appearance in the last seven seasons (all under Melvin) and their 27th postseason appearance all-time. The A’s lost at Kansas City 9-8 in 12 innings in the 2014 wild-card game, the last time Oakland reached the postseason.The last time the A’s reached the World Series was 1990, losing in four games to the Cincinnati Reds. Oakland won the 1989 World Series (which took place during the Bay Area earthquake) in four straight games over the San Francisco Giants. Christian Yelich is expected to be back in Milwaukee’s starting lineup Friday night when the Brewers open a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park.Brewers manager Craig Counsell rested the outfielder on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs — Yelich’s first day off outside of scheduled team off days, since July 3.More Brewers coverageBrewers Final Pitch: Chacin dominates mound in Game 3 of NLCSChacin Alex Rodriguez Jersey , Brewers blank Dodgers to take 2-1 lead in NLCSDespite struggles, No. 23 Badgers still have hope in Big TenStrong winds could be factor for Brewers, Dodgers in NLCS Game 3Photos of the Week: 10/7/18 – 10/13/18He has been an iron horse for Milwaukee ever since and has started all 42 games since the All-Star break while playing 387 of 391 innings during that stretch. The heavy workload has had little impact on his performance, either. He’s batting .357 in the second half with 16 home runs, 42 RBIs and a 1.134 OPS.Still, Counsell chose to give Yelich a breather with the hope of keeping him as close to 100 percent as possible for the stretch run.“It was time. He needs a day off,” Counsell said. “(Resting him Friday) was certainly in the conversation, but we got to the point (Tuesday) night where he needs a day off.”Yelich singled in a ninth-inning Mariano Rivera Jersey , pinch-hit appearance Wednesday night, extending his hitting streak to six games and his on-base streak to 22 games — the longest active streak in the National League.“Look, this is a guy who has played every day. There’s not many guys playing every day like this,” Counsell said. “We just reached a point when he needs a day. … Friday was a thought, but we just reached a day where it has to be today. He’ll be ready to go on Friday.”The Brewers squandered a golden opportunity to get back into the National League Central with a sloppy loss to the Cubs on Wednesday night. Now four games back of the division leaders with 21 to play, the Brewers’ most likely path to postseason play is through the wild card, a race they lead by a half-game over the Cardinals.They’ll have another chance at the Cubs next week but can’t get caught looking past the Giants.“Regardless if we ended up winning or losing (Wednesday), we still have a lot of games left to play ,” veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson said. “We have the Giants coming in this weekend and they’re going to play who they have to play.“Win or lose, the season doesn’t end today. We still have to come back, reset from whatever happened, enjoy the off day like we’re going to do and then get ready to play on Friday.”Milwaukee will face yet another left-handed starter in Derek Holland, who has held his four opponents to no more than a run. That’s all the Mets could muster against Holland his last time out. He allowed four hits, three walks and struck out three over six innings of work but took no decision as the Giants fell, 2-1, in 11 innings.Since moving back into the rotation from the bullpen in July Lou Gehrig Jersey , Holland is 5-3 with a 2.42 ERA.“I’ve got a good staff helping me out and keeping me out on the field,” Holland told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Working with (Matt) Herges and Curt (Young), these guys have done a great job of putting me in different spots, going out of the pen and coming in as a starter. Moving me on the rubber, it’s all helping me.”Friday will his second career start against the Brewers who counter with right-hander Chase Anderson.Anderson beat the Giants earlier this season in San Francisco but will need to keep the ball in the park if he wants to improve to 2-0 against them in 2018.He leads the National League with 28 home runs allowed this season but has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his 10 starts in which opponents don’t homer against him.
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