OAKLAND — The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oakland's clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler.
The Athletics will have to wait at least one more day before celebrating a playoff berth.
A year after capturing the AL West with a dramatic win on the final day of the regular season, Oakland lowered its magic number to one for clinching a second straight division title, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Saturday behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo.
"It's something where we know we've got to take care of what we do, and if we win it's going to take care of itself," said Parker, who allowed one run and four hits over six innings. "Right now we got to do what we do. We know it's right there. If we handle what we do and we win games, it's going to happen."
The A's were prepared just in case it happened Saturday.