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MLB Predictions 2012: Oakland A's and Dark Horse Playoff Contenders

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MLB Predictions 2012: Oakland A's and Dark Horse Playoff Contenders
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Each year, an MLB team comes out of left field (not literally) to make a run, competing for a place in October baseball—here are some clubs to watch to do just that.

Amid an attempt by owner Lew Wolff to move the team to San Jose, the Oakland A's don't have a chance at playing late into the year, right?

Not so fast.

The A's have surprised people before (see 1999) and could do it again. With a shipment of young talent like Collin Cowgill and Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland could utilize the new second wild card.  

Both the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves performed monumental collapses last year, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays and eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals to squeak into the playoffs on the final day of the season.

Well, Bud Selig liked what he saw, spearheading the change in format to a one-game playoff between two wild cards for the chance to play the divisional winners.

The window is wider for more teams with that change, and these are five teams who could jar it right open.

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