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A's win, back in playoffs for 1st time in 6 years

Updated: October 2, 2012, 4:39 AM ET
Associated Press

Updates. With AP Photos.

By JANIE McCAULEY

AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- This time, it was manager Bob Melvin who took a whipped cream pie in the face.

All those walk-off wins from guys hardly known beyond the Bay Area until now, all those moving parts and the long list of injury reports day after day, Melvin has had as big a hand in Oakland's return to the playoffs as anybody -- and his players will swear by it.

So, fittingly, it was his turn to be celebrated.

Josh ...

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