The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to clinch the AL West to four with a back-and-forth 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night. Sean Doolittle recorded the final four outs for the victory to end the 3-hour, 41-minute game in front of less than 11,500 fans.
General manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire remain optimistic Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer will play again this season after a concussion. Mauer returned to the ballpark to do some cardio exercise and leg work. He hasn’t resumed baseball activities.