Royals secure postseason home-field advantage with 6-1 win over Twins to end regular season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The road to the World Series will go through Kauffman Stadium, as the Royals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a 6-1 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Twins in the final game of the regular season.

Hunted down by the Toronto Blue Jays in September, the Royals (95-67) reclaimed the best record in the ...Read more

Phillies rebuilding project continues as season ends with 7-2 win over Marlins

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PHILADELPHIA -- The first year of a rebuilding project that began in earnest with the December trade of Jimmy Rollins came to an end Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

It culminated in the Phillies' 63rd win, by 7-2 over the Miami Marlins, as they avoided the franchise's first 100-loss season since 1961. Their season went in the books with...Read more

Pence anticipates starting workouts after injury-marred Giants season

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Hunter Pence paused when asked if he'll have a normal offseason.

"I don't ever have a normal day," Pence said. "So probably not."

This season certainly wasn't a normal one for Pence. The San Francisco Giants right fielder with the reputation for durability played in just 52 games, limited by a fractured forearm, wrist tendinitis and a strained...Read more

Braves' Miller dominant, ends drought in 6-0 win over Cardinals

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ATLANTA -- On the final day of the season, one of Braves Country's long nightmares ended Sunday when Shelby Miller got a win.

Miller, the Braves' best pitcher -- even if his won-lost record didn't indicate it -- ended his franchise-record 24-start winless streak by shutting out his former team for eight innings of a 6-0 win against the St. ...Read more

A's outlast Mariners, 7-5, in 13 innings

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SEATTLE -- In the penultimate game of the 2015 season, the Mariners treated the 24,448 fans that showed up to Safeco Field on Saturday night with some free baseball.

Though about an eighth of that number remained when Oakland's Marcus Semien crushed a 3-1 fastball from reliever J.C. Ramirez over the wall in left field in the top of the 13th ...Read more

Leury Garcia hits walk-off single, lifts White Sox to 4-3 win over Tigers

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CHICAGO -- Leury Garcia's walk-off single to left field gave the White Sox a 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. J.B. Shuck had a pinch-hit, RBI double to right field off reliever Neftali Feliz in the ninth to tie the game. James McCann briefly gave the Tigers the lead in the top of the ninth with an RBI double ...Read more

Gordon seals steals crown as Marlins sweep Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- The day was ugly, and so was the baseball.

Then Dee Gordon brought a ray of sunshine to a gloomy Saturday with a double-dose of lightning, getting his 200th hit of the season and wrapping up the National League stolen-base title in the same inning.

Forced to play a doubleheader due -- which the Marlins ultimately swept -- to a ...Read more

Kluber throws gem to led Indians over Red Sox, 2-0

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CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber has had an up-and-down season, but he saved one of his best outings of the season for his last as the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Saturday night at a cold, rainy Progressive Field.

Following a 30-minute rain delay and with temperatures in the 50s, Kluber shut down the Red Sox to the tune of three hits and nine ...Read more

Hendricks hurls Cubs past Brewers, 1-0

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MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Hendricks retired the first 16 batters he faced Saturday night before Martin Maldonado singled as the Cubs held on for a 1-0 victory over the Brewers. Chris Coghlan, trying to impress for a spot in the lineup for Wednesday night's National League wild-card game against the Pirates, hit a triple, double and single.

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Gordon seals steals crown as Marlins top Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- The day was ugly, and so was the baseball.

Then Dee Gordon brought a ray of sunshine to a gloomy Saturday with a double-dose of lightning, getting his 200th hit of the season and wrapping up the National League stolen-base title in the same inning.

Forced to play a doubleheader due to a rainout the night before, the Marlins and...Read more

Tomlinson stars as Giants beat Rockies, 3-2

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SAN FRANCISCO -- While the rest of the Giants relax in October, Kelby Tomlinson will be hard at work in instructional ball receiving a crash course as a center fielder.

He's already convincing the Giants that the experiment will work.

Tomlinson put all his considerable skills on display in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday ...Read more

Stunning loss to Angels keeps Rangers from clinching AL West

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- All the furniture in the middle of the Texas Rangers' clubhouse had been removed in anticipation of a celebration.

Why not? The Rangers were up four runs entering the ninth inning. The American League West title was in their hands. A party was three outs away from breaking out.

Oh, there were storylines. Putting at ease ...Read more

Ventura silences Twins in Royals' 5-1 victory

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Yordano Ventura matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts, Alcides Escobar sparked a seventh-inning flurry and the Royals benefited from a series of defensive miscues by the Twins in a 5-1 victory Saturday.

In his final start of the regular season, tuning up for the likely assignment of starting Game 1 of the American League ...Read more

In possible last start with Orioles, Chen shines in 9-2 win over Yankees

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BALTIMORE -- In what could be his final start as an Oriole, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw six strong innings as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 9-2, in the first game of Saturday's split doubleheader.

A pending free agent this winter after four seasons with the Orioles, Chen walked off the mound with two runners on base and no outs in ...Read more

Managing Cubs could be toughest job in sports, but someone has to do it

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If success is measured by the number of championships won, Cubs manager Joe Maddon has the most difficult job in sports.

None of Maddon's predecessors have won it all since Frank Chance guided the Cubs to back-to-back titles in 1907 and '08, and no one has even gotten them into the World Series since Charlie Grimm in 1945.

With the Cubs ...Read more

Arrieta, Cubs too strong for Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta put the wraps on an incredible regular season Friday night.

The right-hander allowed just two singles over a workmanlike six innings, paving the way to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Arrieta (22-6) also struck out seven in a 72-pitch outing to become the first 22-game winner ...Read more

A's drop M's, Farquhar, 4-2

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SEATTLE--The moments have been filled with hope for Danny Farquhar. As the 2015 season winds to a close, it will be one that he would like to forget.

Another reminder of his frustrating inconsistency this season was on display on Friday night in the Seattle Mariners' 4-2 loss to the Oakland A's at Safeco Field.

For the fourth straight ...Read more

Trout, Pujols again lead Angels to win, 2-1 over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Trout punctuated his leadoff triple in the ninth inning Friday night with a head-first slide in which he skidded about 10 feet in the dirt, grabbing the bag with his left hand and pumping his right fist at the Angels dugout as he let out a primal scream.

An offense that managed one single in the previous seven innings ...Read more

Marte's 12th-inning, walk-off homer lifts Pirates over Reds, 6-4

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PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte hit a walk-off home run against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night, giving the Pirates a 6-4, 12-inning victory and reducing their magic number for home-field advantage in the wild-card game to one.

Gregory Polanco walked against Collin Balester in the 12th inning. Marte hit the first pitch over the Clemente Wall in ...Read more

Escobar sparks Royals to 3-1 victory over Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Alcides Escobar bounced at first base as fading Twins reliever Glen Perkins toed the rubber. At the crack of Ben Zobrist's bat, Escobar gauged the trajectory and velocity of the corresponding hit. Then Escobar put his head down and sprinted, from first to third and homeward, scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of a 3-1 ...Read more