FILE – In this July 6, 2014, file photo, Oakland Athletics players including Jed Lowrie (8), Sonny Gray (54) and Alberto Callaspo (7) celebrate their four game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays after a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. The small-budget Athletics are baseball’s best team at the break in a division featuring some of the highest-paid stars. The Giants are right in the chase for the NL West crown despite some recent stumbles. It’s only mid-July and there is already talk of a special October and, perhaps, a Bay Bridge Series with far more significance come fall. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

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