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A's win AL West, Yanks take AL East, pairings set

Updated: October 4, 2012, 4:14 AM ET
Associated Press

Coco Crisp settled under the final fly ball, and the Oakland Athletics started charging onto the field like a bunch of Little Leaguers chasing an ice cream truck after a big win.

Within seconds, the infield at the Coliseum was a sea of green and gold. These young A's had done it, sweeping Texas to win a most improbable AL West title on the last day of the regular season.

A few hours later, baseball's playoff pairings were set. All of that fretting over potential tiebreakers, cross-country ...

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