OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball's best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport's highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles.
Bay Area baseball delivered a stellar first half. It's only mid-July and already there is talk of a special October and, perhaps, a Bay Bridge Series with far more significance come fall.
In fact, California could have four teams still playing into October.
The two teams in Northern California have set the tone so far.

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