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Former Bronco Adam Rosales AL West Champion with Oakland A's

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 10/03/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Former Western Michigan standout Adam Rosales watched Michael Young fly out for the final out of the game and then joined his Oakland Athletics teammates, storming the field and circling the outfield on a victory lap as the A's pulled off an improbable rally to defeat the Texas Rangers and clinch the American League West crown Wednesday.

The A's (94-68) trailed Texas in the standings by 13 games as of June 30, and overcame a five-game deficit in the final nine days of the season, including a three-game sweep of the Rangers.

The end of the final day of the regular season marked the first time all year the A's held sole possession of the top spot in the AL West. It was Oakland's first division crown since 2006 and 15th overall.

Rosales did not play in Wednesday's clincher, a 12-5 win, but did appear in the first two games of the Texas series Monday and Tuesday. The A's secured a playoff spot Tuesday with a 3-1 victory. Rosales went 1-for-4 in the two games, doubling on a line drive to lead off the bottom of the fifth and scoring on a double by Coco Crisp Monday. The A's won that game 4-3.

Rosales has appeared in 42 games with the Athletics this season and is batting .222, recording 22 hits (five doubles, two home runs) in 99 at bats.

The 29 year-old Chicago native was a 12th round pick by Cincinnati in the 2005 amateur draft, playing at Western Michigan from 2002-05. He is one of only two Broncos in the last 10 years to earn First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors twice in a career (2004, 2005) and was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection.

Rosales ranks in the top five at WMU in career hits (213), runs (156), doubles (46), total bases (365) and stolen bases (47), and in the top 10 in home runs (24) and RBIs (119).

Rosales visited the Bronco baseball team at the beginning of the 2012 season in Arizona, as the Broncos opened the season at Arizona State.