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POLL: Will the Oakland A's magic run out or will they go all the way?

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

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The Oakland Athletics celebrate on the mound after defeating the Texas Rangers 12-5 to capture the American League West title at Coliseum on October 3, 2012 in Oakland, California.

If you have a friend who say they know baseball ask them to name two players on the Oakland A's, who yesterday won the American League West. 

They might be utter the hilariously-named speedster Coco Crisp, who hit a measly .259 this year but swiped 39 bases. 

Your friend may even pull 39-year-old Bartolo Colon out of the air to which you should say, "fine, but name someone who is still on the active roster as Mr. Colon was suspended after he was caught using illegal performance enhancing drugs."

The truth - and the beauty - of this team is they really are a group of relative no-names who succeeded in a division where two of baseball's top five largest team salaries exist. The Texas Rangers spent over $120 million in salary, and your Anaheim Angels have a $155 million payroll.

The Oakland A's payroll is a paltry $49,137,500. 


Oikos University shooting spree: One Goh's mug shot released

One Goh

Alameda County Sheriff's Office

One Goh is accused of murdering seven people in a massacre in Oakland.

One L. Goh, the Oakland man accused of lining up several bible college students and shooting and killing seven of them, had his mug shot released Tuesday by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Goh, 43, has been charged with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of carjacking on a killing spree that took place Monday.

Earlier Tuesday a list of the names and ages of six of the victims were released.

The kidnapping charge was added to the list because just before the execution-style killing spree began, Goh allegedly took one student hostage as he entering the classroom, according to Johanna Watson, the Oakland Police Department spokesperson. It was then that he lined up the students against the classroom wall and began to shoot, she explained.