September 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; The Oakland Athletics celebrate after the game against the Minnesota Twins at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Twins 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/21: A's Magic Number at 2, Giants Playing Spoiler, Raiders' Houston Developing in to a Star

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A’s Magic Number at 2

Late-afternoon or early-evening plans any of the A’s might have for Saturday might need to be changed.

Not that any of the A’s would mind.

After Oakland trounced Minnesota 11-0 at the Coliseum on Friday night, a couple of hours after Texas lost 2-1 at Kansas City, the A’s magic number to win the American League West for a second straight year dwindled to two.

That means if the A’s knock off Minnesota again Saturday afternoon, they would become division champs if the Rangers lose again Saturday in Kansas City. That game begins a little after 4 p.m. PDT.

– Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle

Giants Could Ruin Yankees’ Playoff Hopes

A week in New York has been a strange consolation prize for missing the postseason, but as long as they’re here, the Giants are intent on making the most of it. It started with taking two out of three from the Mets in what should have been a sweep, and now comes the opportunity for Bochy and all those ex-Yankees on his staff — Dave Righetti, Roberto Kelly, Joe Lefebvre and Hensley Meulens — to put a dagger in their old team. But don’t suggest that they can be spoilers.

That’s almost as offensive as calling them a last-place team.

– Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Raiders’ Houston Developing Into a Star

Coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver regularly heap praise on right defensive end Lamarr Houston. Slowly but surely, others outside the Bay Area are taking notice.

Houston has a golden opportunity to bolster his stature, given the Raiders play in front of a national TV audience Monday night and Denver Broncos standout left offensive tackle Ryan Clady is out for the season with a foot injury.

– Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group

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