OAKLAND — Oakland's Josh Donaldson made plans to buy a pair of goggles for this year's locker room celebrations. A's manager Bob Melvin refuses to think beyond the next game.
Yoenis Cespedes and Donaldson homered, Alberto Callaspo had two hits and drove in two runs, and Bartolo Colon pitched six innings as Oakland trimmed its magic number for clinching the AL West to two with an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
“We still have to go out and take care of business,” Donaldson said. “But I am actually getting goggles. My eyes hurt last year.”
At least the A's have a little longer to plan for such bubbly things. They won the division on the final day of the regular season last year.
“All I know is we have an afternoon game tomorrow and the Rangers are playing in Kansas City,” Melvin said. “We'll have to wait to see what happens.”
Josh Reddick had two hits and drove in a run for the A's, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. The A's can clinch their second consecutive AL West title with a win Saturday combined with a loss by the Texas Rangers.
The A's manual scoreboard operator waited for a break in the action to post a final on the Royals' 2-1 win over the Rangers, drawing thunderous applause from the sellout crowd of 36,067, many of whom were in attendance for the Star Wars theme fireworks show afterward.
“How could we not notice?” Donaldson asked. “They showed it on the big screen and zoomed in. We're all aware of it.”
Colon (17-6) won his third straight start, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out eight, one off his season high.
“He's been talking about getting his second wind,” Melvin said. “We're seeing the movement and the velocity coming back.”
Andrew Albers (2-4) lost his fourth straight decision after giving up eight runs — three earned — and eight hits over 4 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.