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  • Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in. It had been 29 years since the Royals played a postseason game — nearly three decades spent mostly as a laughingstock. But on Tuesday...

  • A capsule look at the Giants-Pirates playoff game

    A look at the National League wild-card playoff between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates: ___ Schedule: Wednesday, at Pittsburgh, 8:07 p.m. EDT (ESPN). ___ Season Series: Pirates won 4-2. ___ Projected Lineups: Giants: CF Gregor Blanco (.260, 5 HRs, 38 RBIs), 2B Joe Panik (.305, 1, 18), C Buster Posey (.311, 22, 89), 3B...

  • Epstein sees Cubs competing for division next year

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season. With the arrival of top prospects such as Jorge Soler and bounce-back seasons from shortstop Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are ready to kick their rebuilding...

  • Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series. He was the trusting candidate who took Minnesota's managing job when many thought the Twins were about to be contracted in 2002. He was the affable everyman who presided over the team's...

  • AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros

    HOUSTON (AP) — A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success. "I think A.J. is going to be the manager that's going to be here when we win the World Series," Luhnow said. Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who was fired on Sept. 1 in his...

  • Baseball playoffs schedule

    x-if necessary WILD CARD Tuesday: Seattle or Oakland at Kansas City, 6:07 p.m. (TBS) Wednesday: San Francisco (Bumgarner 18-10) at Pittsburgh, 6:07 p.m. (ESPN) DIVISION SERIES (Best-of-5) AMERICAN LEAGUE All AL games televised by TBS Los Angeles vs. Wild Card Thursday: Wild Ward at Los Angeles Friday: Wild Card at Los...

  • Angels now wait after falling 4-1 to Seattle

    SEATTLE (AP) — John McDonald became the main story for the Los Angeles Angels, even if he was just in a supporting role. The Seattle Mariners were eliminated from postseason contention in the middle of the game because of Oakland's victory over Texas. And with the Angels playing for nothing other than avoiding rust ahead of their AL division...

  • Pirates' 4-1 loss to Reds gives title to Cards

    CINCINNATI (AP) — After a day of too much Johnny Cueto, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally knew where they were going. Home. For the playoffs. Cueto singled in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card for the second...

  • Johnny Cueto gets 20th win, Reds beat Pirates 4-1

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto couldn't believe that he got a chance to bat. A game-deciding hit? Even more astounding. Cueto singled home the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win over the Pirates that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card for the second...

  • Rockies stumble to 10-5 loss against Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Morneau won the NL batting title on the final day of the regular season, when the Colorado Rockies limped into the offseason with a fourth straight loss and 60th road defeat. They were beaten 10-5 by the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, and finished with a 66-96 record, including a franchise-worst 21-60...

  • D-backs lose 1-0 after Cardinals clinch title

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks got to watch a team celebrate in their ballpark for the second straight season. This time it was St. Louis instead of the hated Dodgers, but it didn't matter. After finishing with the worst record in baseball, the Diamondbacks weren't all that concerned with what was going on in the opposite clubhouse....

  • Seattle's season over despite 4-1 win over Angels

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners played the final game of the season in split screen. Part of attention was transfixed on field and making sure the Mariners closed with a victory in the hope it had postseason meaning. The other was on the out-of-town scoreboard hoping for the result they needed in Texas. "This was a very hard game to...

  • Rivers' 3 TD passes carry Chargers over Jags 33-14

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philip Rivers showed Blake Bortles how it's done. Rivers threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns, two to Eddie Royal, and the San Diego Chargers turned back an early scare from the rookie Bortles and the winless Jacksonville Jaguars for a 33-14 victory Sunday. Passing more because the Chargers' running game is nonexistent...

  • Rangers end season with 4-0 loss to clinching A's

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers got to finish the season with a meaningful game — for the Oakland Athletics. After the Rangers gave them fits over the last two weeks, the A's finally clinched their third consecutive postseason berth with a 4-0 victory Sunday in their regular-season finale. "We played some really good teams down the...

  • Astros change course; Altuve wins batting crown

    NEW YORK (AP) — What began as a puzzling day for Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros ended with a champagne toast. In a bizarre twist before the season finale, Altuve talked his way into the lineup and wrapped up the American League batting title with two more hits in an 8-3 loss to the New York Mets. Initially benched to protect his...

  • White Sox lose to Royals in Konerko's final game

    CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko waved his cap to one more adoring crowd. The reserved slugger popped out for a curtain call when the standing ovation just kept going. He lingered on the field after the game, exchanging high-fives with the fans who lined the field to grab one more moment with the retiring star. At the very end of his 18-year...

  • Cardinals beat D-backs 1-0 after title decided

    PHOENIX (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals never made it easy on themselves, laboring through injuries and inconsistency, unable to get into the NL Central race until around the All-Star break. Even after they surged into the lead, the Cardinals had a hard time finishing it off, limping to the finish while allowing Pittsburgh to hang around for a...

  • Zimmermann's no-hitter for Nats ends on great grab

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One out away from pitching the Washington Nationals' first no-hitter, Jordan Zimmermann watched his 104th pitch on a crisp, clear Sunday afternoon get smacked toward deep left-center. Zimmermann leaned his head back and winced. His first thought: "Double. No-doubt double." "And then," the right-hander said later, "he comes...

  • Royals rally for 6-4 victory over White Sox

    CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after Detroit secured the AL Central title, Kansas City manager Ned Yost started pulling some of his regulars from the lineup. It was finally time to start preparing for the playoffs. Kansas City's chance for a division crown was erased by Detroit's victory on Sunday, and the Royals went on to a 6-4 comeback win over...

  • Tigers win AL Central with 3-0 victory over Twins

    DETROIT (AP) — In an AL Central race that went down to the last day, Detroit's extra ace made the final difference. David Price pitched the Tigers to their fourth straight division title with the type of performance they acquired him for, taking a shutout into the eighth inning of a 3-0 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. Detroit clinched the...