No one saw this coming. 

The Oakland Athletics, who opened the 2018 season with a major league-low $62 million payroll, have stunned the baseball world with a postseason berth after the Tampa Bay Rays lost 4-1 to the New York Yankees on Monday evening.

The A’s become the fifth and final American League team to punch their playoff ticket. It will be their first postseason appearance since 2014 and fourth in the past seven years. 

Earlier Monday, the A’s made an announcement even they likely didn’t expect in March: Single-game tickets for the Athletics potential wild card and AL Division Series home games go on sale Friday.

This coming from a club that was ranked 26th entering the season in USA TODAY Sports’ power rankings in April. Now, at 94-62, they have improved by 19 games since winning 75 last year. 


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The A’s, who’re on a mystical 60-26 run since June 16, are two video games at the back of the Yankees for the highest AL wild card spot. Additionally they take a seat 5 video games at the back of the Houston Astros in the AL West with six video games last

The Yankees grasp the wild card tiebreaker, so the A’s should end a sport forward to play host on Oct. three. 


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