The A's entered 2012 as the odds-on favorite to battle the Mariners for the cellar in the AL West. After an offseason where they traded Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey and lost Josh Willingham in free agency, it appeared the A's were headed towards another rebuilding year. In the season's most shocking story, Oakland came truly out of nowhere in 2012 to win the AL West over the talented Rangers and Angels. They took the eventual AL Champion Tigers to a fifth game in the ALDS before succumbing to the dominance of Justin Verlander.
The A's were a true Cinderella story last season and added to the excitement with a remarkable 15 walk-off wins, including a thrilling comeback in Game 4 of the ALDS. After struggling offensively in the first half and hanging around in the AL West due to the success of their young pitching staff, the team exploded in the second half to lead the MLB in runs and home runs after the All-Star break. The question will be whether the young
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