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  • Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May and slumping in September, the Giants are back to their old...

  • Pirates, Volquez fall flat in wild-card loss to SF

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they're building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a reminder that much work remains to be done before a contender becomes a champion. Geared up for another run at "Buctober," Pittsburgh's postseason journey lasted all of 3 hours, 12 minutes, just long enough for Madison...

  • Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball's best young player. "He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when you don't...

  • Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized Wednesday for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract. Hampered by injuries to four-fifths of their starting rotation and an offense that was 13th in scoring in the 15-team...

  • Wacha in bullpen to start NL Division Series

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL Division Series. It did not come as a surprise. "I was kind of expecting it," Wacha said Wednesday after a 40-minute workout at Busch Stadium. "Just never made it back to where I wanted to...

  • 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...