The A’s clinched their first playoff spot since 2006 with a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers, tying the Orioles for the No. 1 wild-card spot with identical 92-68 records.
Like the Orioles, the A’s still have a shot at their respective division crown. Oakland enters the second-to-last game of the regular season one game behind the division-leading Rangers as the two teams play head to head in the final two games of the season.
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If the Orioles and A’s end the regular season with the same record as the wild-card teams, the Orioles would have to travel to Oakland to play the AL wild-card game Friday because the A’s won the head-to-head season series with the Orioles, 5-4.
Needless to say, the Orioles' loss was costly. They went from being able to completely control their own fate for a division title to needing help to prevent becoming the No. 2 wild-card team.