OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The final rally of Oakland's surprising season fell short.
In a year featuring a majors-best 14 walkoff wins, another in Game 4 of the AL division series, and countless whipped cream pie celebrations along the way, the Athletics' comeback season ended with another dropped series to Detroit.
Yet nobody thought this bunch of rookies and newcomers would even be playing well into October. And few gave them a fighting chance after falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-five series before Oakland pulled off another remarkable rally to force a decisive Game 5.
The AL West champion A's became the first team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by five games with less than 10 to play. GM Billy Beane plans to keep his team intact.
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