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A's get chance to stick it to Astros, end rivals' 2020 season in ALDS

Supremely talented, relentlessly brash Houston shortstop Carlos Correa stepped in front of a microphone shortly after his Astros advanced through the Wild-Card round, unafraid to play a villain’s role.

They’ll have that opportunity starting Monday in the divisional-round, with a spot earned after beating the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series with Thursday’s 6-4 victory at Oakland Coliseum.

It involves Mike Fiers and trash cans, Ramon Laureano and beanballs and brawls started by Astros assistant coaches.

Closer Liam Hendriks has previously made it known the A’s want to beat the Astros in the postseason, as he put it on Friday, "as a vindictive kind of thing."

He also knows playing good baseball is the only way to achieve that end, so the A’s can’t let emotion take the wheel.

The A’s third baseman will be missed regardless, but that and the wild-card round win over Chicago should give the Green and Gold confidence that they can survive and advance against a bitter rival.

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