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Billy Beane, David Forst and Bob Melvin reflect on A’s early postseason exit

OAKLAND – The A’s home clubhouse was a mess, but sparse. Not long ago a calm baseball haven, a handful of players returned their summer digs post-Wild Card loss to pack up their memories and gear.

“Next year, we battle for the division.” Yusmeiro Petit said as he prepared to depart for the offseason, club option on his contract now hanging in the balance. “I don’t want to play in any more Wild Card games.”

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Alex Bregman launches a solo home run to left field, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning

The A’s will instead watch (or ignore and disconnect) the 107-win Houston Astros – their divisional blockade – begin their quest for another World Series run.