September 19, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (4, left) and first baseman Daric Barton (10, right) are congratulated for scoring on Crisp

Bay Area Buzz 9/20: A's Magic Number at Four, What If Raiders Upset Broncos, Giants Dress Up

A’s Closer to AL West Title

Coco Crisp will never call himself a home run hitter. He is just a versatile leadoff man who happens to have 21 home runs for the Oakland Athletics .

Plenty of important ones at that. His latest moved the A’s one step closer to another AL West title.

Crisp connected for a go-ahead two-run drive in the eighth inning, and the Athletics lowered their magic number to clinch the division to four with a back-and-forth 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

– Associated Press

What if Raiders Pulled Off Upset?

What if Manning does indeed have a game like last year in Atlanta, a game that led many to question whether he had anything left in him at all? What if the Broncos offensive line, now without Ryan Clady, can’t keep him standing upright?

What if the Raiders play the game of their lives, riding the legs of Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor?

No one expects this to happen. Be honest, you don’t even really expect this to happen. You’ve tried to convince yourself that you’ll be dismayed, distraught, at the possibility of a lopsided loss.

– William Whelan, Cover32

Giants’ Rookies Dress Up as Naked Cowboys

There could be a lot of naked cowboys in Times Square later today, all of them property of the San Francisco Giants.

Today was the annual rookie dress-up day, where the veterans force the kids to wear outlandish outfits. This year, there’s a twist. Normally, the rookies get on the bus and then on a plane. But since the Giants are staying in New York to play the Yankees, they’re going to be wandering about the town dressed as the Naked Cowboy, a busker who stands in Times Square wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, bikini briefs and boots, playing a guitar.

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

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