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Open Thread: Game 162 - Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers

It's the last game of the season and the excitement level feels higher than the playoffs and Christmas combined. Not only are the A's playing a meaningful game, but that meaningful game is a winner-take-all contest in which the A's are playing for the Division Crown, the rights to the West, and the chance to play a "real" playoff series without a play-in game.

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Open Thread: Game 162 - Athletics vs. Rangers (5)

The crowd is going bonkers in Oakland, everyone on AN, wherever they are, is going bonkers. Let's hear you Oakland! A's up 8-5, going to the bottom of the seventh!

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Open Thread: Game 162 - Athletics vs. Rangers (4)

You wouldn't believe me if I told you. After falling behind 5-1, the A's have stormed back with help from above to take the lead at 7-5, as Scribner has been fabulous to make up for Griffin's not-fabulousness.

We go to the bottom of the fifth, 7-5 A's!

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Open Thread: Game 162 - Athletics vs. Rangers (3)

Well, if you're looking for good news, go somewhere else. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead (that should have been 2-0), Griffin gave up a 5-spot to Texas and knocked himself out of the game in the third. We're going to the bottom of the fourth, 5-1. The A's just need a couple of runs to put the fans back in the game. RIGHT. NOW.

LET'S GO OAK-LAND!

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Open Thread: Game 162 - Athletics vs. Rangers (2)

The A's jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a Drew single, a Cespedes single and a Moss double. A.J. Griffin fought through the first, and then got out of the second. We still lead 1-0.

And doesn't the crowd sound amazing?

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Open Thread: Game 162 - Athletics vs. Rangers (1)

It's the last game of the season and the excitement level feels higher than the playoffs and Christmas combined. Not only are the A's playing a meaningful game, but that meaningful game is a winner-take-all contest in which the A's are playing for the Division Crown, the rights to the West, and the chance to play a "real" playoff series without a play-in game.

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