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Oakland A’s Boom and Bust Their Way to First Place

Oakland A’s Boom and Bust Their Way to First Place

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The A’s, who led the A.L. in homers and steals through Wednesday, will start a seven-game road trip in Baltimore on Friday. They left Oakland on a high: After shutting out the Twins in both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday, they survived a 13-12 thriller on Wednesday by scoring the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs in the 10th inning on a throwing error by Minnesota third baseman Luis Arraez.It was the first time since 2009 that the A’s had won while allowing 12 runs in a game. But to hear the players tell it, the outcome was never in doubt.“It just smells like you’re going to win,” center fielder Ramon Laureano said.Go on.“A win smells like — just like the Bay Area wind, you know? Like we’re just going to win,” he said. “You just smell it. We joke around all the time. After we had a...