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A's earn playoff spot, then beat Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) Champagne flowed in the clubhouse as players bopped around and screamed in a wild celebration after the Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years.

"It's a lot of fun," a soaked Khris Davis said. "We're just trying to enjoy the moment. It's a blast. We've been waiting for this day for a while. I feel so much excitement. It's just a dream come true."

The surprising Athletics were assured no worse than an American League wild card Monday night when Tampa Bay lost to the New York Yankees. A few hours later, Oakland finished off a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners behind Davis' major league-leading 46th home run.


AL Pitcher Strikeouts
Rank Name K
1 J. Verlander, Hou280
2 G. Cole, Hou272
3 C. Sale, Bos229
4 C. Carrasco, Cle217
5 C. Kluber, Cle216
6 T. Bauer, Cle215
7 L. Severino, NYY213
8 B. Snell, TB211
9 M. Clevinger, Cle202
10 J. Paxton, Sea199
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NL Pitcher Strikeouts
Rank Name K
1 M. Scherzer, Was290
2 J. deGrom, NYM259
3 P. Corbin, Ari242
4 A. Nola, Phi216
5 G. Márquez, Col210
6t M. Foltynewicz, Atl193
6t Z. Greinke, Ari193
8 N. Pivetta, Phi185
9 J. Gray, Col182
10 Z. Godley, Ari180
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