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Baseball: Anaheim Angels  Beat  Oakland - 2004-10-03


The Anaheim Angels clinched the American League West title Saturday. They scored three runs in the eighth inning to edge Oakland, 5-4, and knock the Athletics out of the playoffs. The two teams started their three-game series in Oakland Friday tied for the division lead, before Anaheim won the first two games.

The Angels will face either the New York Yankees, the East division champions, or the Boston Red Sox, the wild-card team, in the first round of the playoffs.

The Yankees dropped a 4-2 contest to the Blue Jays in Toronto, while the Red Sox took a doubleheader from the Orioles in Baltimore, winning both games 7-5.

The Central division champion Minnesota Twins were tied 5-5 with the visiting Cleveland Indians in the 11th inning when the game was suspended to prepare the stadium for a college football game. The baseball game will be finished Sunday before the Twins and Indians scheduled match-up. Minnesota has a chance to win home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Other AL winners were the Royals, Tigers and Rangers.

The Kansas City Royals thumped the visiting Chicago White Sox, 10-2. The Detroit Tigers downed the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 5-1. The Texas Rangers cruised past the Mariners 10-4 in Seattle.

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