September 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers pinch hitter Joey Butler (20) hits a RBI-single to score runner Jeff Baker (15, not pictured) against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/5: AL West Deadlocked, Sandoval Brings Back Memories, History Not on 49ers' Side

AL West Deadlocked 

The A’s and Texas Rangers went their separate ways Wednesday afternoon in the wake of Oakland’s 11-4 win at the Coliseum, knowing that nothing has been decided.

The promised land of the postseason in the American League West is completely up for grabs, as it was on April 1. The caveat is that the other three teams in the division are non-qualifiers.

Both the A’s and Rangers have played 139 games and have 23 games to go. Both teams have 80 wins. Both have lost 59. Only one can win the A.L. West title.

– John Hickey, Bay Area News Group

Sandoval Brings Back Memories

Over the last few months, the struggling Giants haven’t done much to invoke memories of their 2012 title run. But Giants third baseman Pablo Sandovalmight have been feeling a little nostalgic Wednesday.

In the Giants’ 13-5 win over the Padres, Sandoval mashed three home runs, just as he did in Game 1 of the World Series last October against the Tigers.

– AJ Cassavell,

History Not on 49ers’ Side

Number slaves are the worst, because they believe so deeply in the numbers that they dismiss the unfathomable just because it hasn’t yet been fathomed.

Thus, the smart play is to see the 49ers miss the Super Bowl entirely this year, because no Super Bowl loser has reached the game the next year since the Buffalo Bills’ famed “four-poot” that ended 20 years ago.

Every one.

– Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area

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