Brandon McCarthy could pitch in the postseason

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The A’s capturing the American League West this afternoon ensures that they’ll have a decently long postseason run. Which is great news for Brandon McCarthy, who had emergency brain surgery four weeks ago after taking a line drive off his head.

According to beat writer Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News, the righty might be able to return at some point in the playoffs if the A’s go fairly deep. He resumed throwing in late September and hasn’t experienced any sort of headaches or dizziness.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was able to do that,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters during Wednesday’s AL West championship celebration.

McCarthy, 29, had a 3.24 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 73/24 K/BB ratio in 111 innings before going down.

Odúbel Herrera has homered in four consecutive games

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Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.

Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.

On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.