Oakland clinches AL wild-card berth for 2nd straight year
SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have clinched a wild-card berth in the American League before even throwing a pitch on Friday night.
The A’s claimed one of the two wild-card spots when Cleveland lost to Washington. The A’s exchanged handshakes and a handful of hugs in the dugout prior to the first pitch against Seattle, but the bigger celebration had to wait.
It’s the second straight year the A’s have earned the wild card and third wild-card berth since 2014. Oakland is 59-27 since June 17, the best record in baseball during that stretch.
Oakland has now reached the postseason 10 times since 2000.