OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are hardly accustomed to playing in first place at the All-Star break.
Yet the top spot seems to fit them just fine at the moment - even if it's quite a change for the low-budget club long known for those second-half surges that make for a dramatic September.
The A's are all alone atop the AL West at the break for the first time since 1990. And that's saying something for the defending division champions, who last June 30 trailed the Texas Rangers by 13 games before rallying to capture the West title on the season's final day.
It didn't hurt for momentum that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities Monday in New York.
At 56-39, the A's are making another statement.
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