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The Juice: A’s cap comeback with Brandon Moss walk-off, Orioles and Yankees tied again in AL East

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The Juice is back for its fifth season of fun! Stop by each weekday (and now on weekends) for an ample serving of news from the action, plus great photos, stats and video highlights.

Resilient A's: The 2012 Oakland Athletics certainly don't consider a 4-1 eighth inning deficit to be insurmountable. In fact, watching them storm back to defeat the Mariners 7-4 in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon made it seem like they were testing their own resilience more than anything else. The rally began in the eighth inning when Brandon Moss doubled home one to make it 4-2. In the ninth, Josh Donaldson tied the game up with a two-run homer off closer Tom Wilhelmson. And then in the 10th, Moss struck again, punctuating his big five RBI game with a three-run walk-off homer that sent the Coliseum into an absolute frenzy.

Back to even: With four games left to play, the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees again sport identical records at 91-67. The Yankees entered the day up one and took their turn first, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Blue Jays thanks to Rajai Davis' three hits and Adeiny Hechavarria's tie-breaking double in the sixth. Hours later, the Orioles improved to 28-9 in one-run games with their thrilling 4-3 victory over the Red Sox. Rookie Manny Machaco delivered the difference-maker there with his solo home run in the seventh.

Triple crown update: Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera moved back into triple crowd position — he already leads in batting average and RBIs — with his 43rd home run, which ties him with Josh Hamilton for the American League lead. The eighth inning three-run shot also helped Detroit secure a 6-4 win over the Twins, pushing their advantage in the Central to two games, and it helped Justin Verlander reach at least 17 wins for the fourth straight season.

Rays stay alive: In a game that was essentially a must-win for both sides, the Tampa Bay Rays got a solid performance from Matt Moore and four home runs from their offense to clobber Chris Sale and the White Sox, 10-4. With the win, Tampa remains three games out of the second wild-card spot, meaning they'll have to win out and hope for help. The White Sox may have fallen into the same boat thanks to Detroit's win.

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Quote of the Day: 'I'm lucky that he hit me with a slider. A fastball would've been a different story, obviously. Now I know what those catchers have to go through on a regular basis. I've got a little more respect for them now.''

- David Wright talks about being plunked by Braves closer Craig Kimbrel during the ninth inning of the Mets 2-0 loss. Wright was struck on the right quad by the 2-2 slider, with the deflection then striking home plate Paul Nauert around the collarbone. There was a short delay while both were checked out by trainers, but both remained in the game for the final two outs.

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Photo of the Day: Silhouette of a man

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Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes prepares for battle by performing a few dance moves on the field at Marlins Park. I guess you could say they worked, too, as Reyes ended up reaching base three times. But it was his opposite number, Jimmy Rollins, who stole the show with three hits and three runs scored as the Phillies emerged victorious, 9-5.

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Three Facts for the Water Cooler:

After losing 8-2 to the Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs are now 0-18 on the road against NL West opponents this season with one final game to play on Sunday.

• Andrew McCutchen's walk-off homer gave the Pirates a 2-1 victory over the Reds. It also keeps Pittsburgh's dream of avoiding a losing season alive as they improved to 76-81 with five games to play.

• Speaking of disappointing seasons, with their 3-0 loss to the Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies have clinched their worst record in franchise history, surpassing their 95-loss team from their inaugural season in 1993.

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