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ANAHEIM Scott Schebler Jersey , Calif. (AP) — are already partly on the wild card playoff game looming in the Bronx.They’re still finishing up the regular season in Orange County with an attention to all the little details that could make a difference in the postseason.Khris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th homer and the A’s locked up their winningest season in 16 years with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.Jed Lowrie homered and drove in two runs for the A’s (97-64), who hadn’t won 97 games since going 103-59 in 2002. Oakland has made a stunning turnaround from losing at least 87 games in each of the past three seasons.“It means we’ve had a nice year, and we’ve had quite a run since the middle of June,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Ninety-seven is a nice number, especially after what we’ve been through the last three years.”A majors-best 42-22 since the All-Star break, the A’s are already locked into a trip to New York on Wednesday night to face the Yankees. But while they prepare mentally for that one-game showdown on arguably baseball’s biggest stage, the A’s are taking care of the final bits of remaining business in September — including a chance to preview a possible pitching strategy for the Yankees.Liam Hendriks pitched the first inning, allowing one single, before Trevor Cahill (7-4) threw four innings of one-hit ball for the A’s. Hendriks also could start Wednesday, depending on how Melvin decides to approach the one-game playoff.“It’s different Scooter Gennett Jersey , but I feel like I didn’t change too much about what I do,” Cahill said. “We’re going out and trying to win games. We’re all thinking about New York, but we’re all trying to play well and work on some things, too. We’re excited the regular season is over, and more excited the postseason is going to start.”Davis connected in the first off Tyler Skaggs (8-10), driving a two-run shot for his ninth homer in September and his fifth in seven games. The 30-year-old slugger matched Jimmie Foxx’s 48 homers in 1933 for the fourth-most in a single season in A’s history.Davis, who was born in nearby Lakewood and played a few miles away at Cal State Fullerton, also drove in his 122nd and 123rd runs.“It’s just a number,” Davis said. “I don’t keep score. I play and try to get as many as I can. I basically just try to keep getting better.”After driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third, Lowrie got his 23rd homer on Angels reliever Jim Johnson’s first pitch in the sixth George Foster Jersey , giving him 99 RBIs.Davis and Lowrie both seem likely to get one more day to add to their impressive regular seasons in Sunday’s finale.“That’s the balance right now,” Melvin said. “We want to get some guys some rest, but you also want to take care of some milestones, too.”Blake Treinen got pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr. on a groundout with two runners on in the ninth to secure his 38th save.FALLEN ANGELSKaleb Cowart had an RBI single for the Angels, whose four-game winning streak ended with a landmark loss.The Halos (79-82) are guaranteed to finish with three consecutive losing records for the first time under manager Mike Scioscia, who hasn’t announced whether his 19-year tenure is over.Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton each went 0 for 4 for the Angels, who have made the playoffs just once since 2009 despite their annually bulky payroll. The club hadn’t had three straight losing seasons since 1992-94.“We got behind quickly and didn’t get much going until later,” Scioscia said. “We talked to the guys about making sure we finish hard this weekend. The quest for a championship doesn’t start in the spring. It starts now.”SCIOSCIA’S FAREWELL?Although Scioscia has steadfastly refused to confirm reports that he won’t be back next year, the Angels essentially treated this game as a potential farewell: They gave away a bobblehead doll in his likeness and aired several video tributes to the winningest manager in franchise history. Scioscia led the Angels to their only World Series championship in 2002 http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey , but the Halos haven’t won a playoff game in nine years.When asked after the game if he had noticed the tribute videos, Scioscia claimed he had not.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: Melvin is unlikely to play many of his regular position players for full games in the season finale, giving them ample rest before Wednesday.Angels: RHP Felix Pena won’t take his rotation turn for the series finale because he’s already pitched much more than expected this season. The former reliever will rest after seizing a chance to pitch in the Halos’ injury-ravaged rotation and posting a 4.18 ERA in 17 starts and 92 2/3 innings.UP NEXTAthletics: Brett Anderson (4-5, 4.42 ERA) is likely to make his fourth start since returning from the disabled list. He has a 3.69 ERA since the All-Star break.Angels: Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 4.82 ERA) makes his seventh start of the season. He missed 134 games over five months with a right forearm strain, but has returned in solid form for September. BALTIMORE — The Oakland Athletics are continuing their surge to the postseason at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles. The Athletics beat the Orioles 10-0 on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to six games and will try to complete the sweep at Camden Yards.Oakland is 34-15 since the All-Star break, the best mark in the majors during that span. The Athletics hold the second American League wild-card spot behind the New York Yankees, but are pushing to take the lead.The Athletics have won all five games against Baltimore this season. Stephen Piscotty has been one of Oakland’s most dangerous hitters. He has a 13-game hitting streak and is batting .270. Article continues below ...“Player of the Month type of numbers, and you dig even deeper and you see the clutchness of the hits,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I mean http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , for a few months now, it seems like every time we need someone up in a big situation, he comes up and he either hits a home run or gets a big hit to extend the lead. His best at-bats usually come in big situations.”Oakland has remained in playoff contention despite dealing with season-ending injuries to several pitchers. Daniel Gossett, Kendall Graveman, Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk each have undergone Tommy John surgery. Left-hander Sean Manaea will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair a left shoulder impingement next week, the team announced Tuesday. The A’s did get some good news on the injury front with left-hander Brett Anderson (3-4, 4.02 ERA) scheduled to come off the disabled list from a strained left forearm to start the finale Thursday. Oakland has depth with 22 pitchers on the current 38-man roster.Anderson had a 2.15 ERA and did not allow a run in three of his five appearances in the month of August. He is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore. “Their guys have really been pitching well,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about the A’s. “They have like five guys down there in the ‘pen. They are very quietly one of the best bullpens in the league and maybe baseball. You know you’re playing a five- or six-inning game with them. And they’ve been doing it for a while.”Baltimore has lost six straight and has the majors’ worst record (41-104).The Orioles will counter with Dylan Bundy, who has struggled over the second half of the season. Bundy (7-14, 5.58 ERA) has also gone 1-7 with an 8.83 ERA during his past 11 outings. During that stretch http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-vizquel-jersey , he allowed 77 hits, 56 runs (53 earned) and 19 homers. Baltimore went 1-10 and Bundy has allowed five or more runs in seven of those 11 starts. “Mechanically I can’t really find anything,” Bundy said afer his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he allowed six runs, four hits — including two homers — and five walks during four innings. “I think I’ve got to get better executing pitches and throw the ball with a little bit more conviction. … I’m just trying to get better, not just for me but for the team also. That’s all I can do really is try to get better for the team.”Bundy has allowed a franchise-record 37 home runs this season. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against Oakland.


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