(OAKLAND) -- There's little to do now but wait for the 2013 Oakland Athletics.
The A's took care of their side of the business this weekend, so far, defeating the Minnesota Twins at the O.co Coliseum both Friday night and Saturday by a combined score of 20-1, dropping their magic number to clinching the American League West division to one.
In Kansas City, the Texas Rangers beat the Royals, 3-1, so Oakland can clinch tomorrow on their own field in front of their own fans with another win over Minnesota. Tomorrow's pitching matchup features the A's Sonny Gray (3-3, 2.50) versus the Twins' Cole De Vries (0-0, 7.80), and game time is 1:05 p.m. for the team's final regular-season home game of the year.
By the time Oakland takes the field, they'll know how the Texas-Kansas City game is going, as it starts two hours before the A's game does. Either way, the team knows they can clinch the division for the 16th time in franchise history simply by beating the lowly Twins again tomorrow.
Oakland has now won 92 games this year, after winning 94 last season -- quite the resurrection after five straight non-winning seasons from 2007-2011.
The story for so many of the A's division titles over the past 45 seasons of divisional play has been starting pitching, and this season is no exception: Oakland's starters gave up one run in 12 innings the past two games, while the bullpen settled the back end down nicely after a rough stretch -- giving some hope for the postseason possibilities in 2013.
But the offensive explosion has been a revelation. The A's are third this season in the AL in runs scored (724, including today's game), after scoring just 713 runs last year total. Oakland still has seven games left on the schedule in 2013 to improve their total.
Friday night, four different players had two hits apiece as the A's scored 11 runs off the Minnesota staff, and today, after a two-hour rain delay, Oakland ripped 16 hits in their win.
So now, all that's left is to wait to see what happens in Kansas City tonight and at the Coliseum tomorrow, for the A's final home game of the regular season.