For the second year in a row, the Oakland A's have shocked everyone by capturing the AL West title. The team celebrated after clinching the division with an 11-7 victory over the Twins last night (the Rangers helped out by losing 4-0 to the Royals), and everybody had a good time.
Welcome back to The Beat-Off, our crowd-sourced effort to determine the very best and the very worst reporters in Major League Baseball. Last week, we covered the National League. Today, we turn our attention to the American League. We'll start with the AL West.
For nearly two decades, Sports Illustrated has stirred the tea leaves to discern a weekly Sign of the Apocalypse. Deadspin salutes the magazine's ongoing effort to cover the end of times but declines to cede the scoop on the biggest event in world history.
MLB's owners unanimously approved the sale of the Houston Astros from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane today, and included a $65 million price cut in the deal. The Astros will leave the NL Central and join the AL West for the 2013 season, and, to the relief of symmetricists everywhere, each league will have 15 teams.