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Royals finish Angels to advance to ALCS

Oct 6, 2014

Royals finish Angels to advance to ALCS

Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave. They ...

Cruz home run helps O's sweep by Tigers

Oct 6, 2014

Cruz home run helps O's sweep by Tigers

A runaway title in a division of behemoths, then an unexpected sweep against a trio of Cy Young winners. For Nelson Cruz, Buck Showalter and this unheralded bunch from Baltimore, the question now is: What’s next? Cruz sliced a two-run homer for his latest ...

Fighters send Inaba out with win

Oct 5, 2014

Fighters send Inaba out with win

The Nippon Ham Fighters feted retiring star Atsunori Inaba on Sunday and capped it off with a 1-0 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani worked two innings in the start of an otherwise meaningless game for the Fighters and ...

Belt homers in 18th to give Giants 2-0 lead in NLDS

Oct 5, 2014

Belt homers in 18th to give Giants 2-0 lead in NLDS

Brandon Belt, Yusmeiro Petit and the rest of the San Francisco Giants did what they do so well in October: They never give in, never give up, and win. Simple as that. No matter what it takes — or how long. Even 18 innings. ...

Dodgers win to even series

Oct 5, 2014

Dodgers win to even series

Matt Kemp skipped down the first base line, watching his drive fly while calling out to the ball, trying to coax it to stay fair. Once it sailed inside the foul pole and landed in the lower left field seats, he had salvaged a ...

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Oct 4, 2014

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Three pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6-0 on Saturday. Takahiro Matsuba (8-1) worked six scoreless innings despite walking eight batters and allowing three hits to earn the win for the Buffaloes, who have ...

Oct 4, 2014

Carp closer Mickolio deactivated

The Hiroshima Carp deactivated closer Kam Mickolio on Saturday due to a left hip injury that will keep him out of the first stage of the Central League’s playoffs. The 30-year-old Mickolio complained of groin pain during Wedneday’s 4-2 loss to the Hanshin Tigers ...

Hosmer home run in 11th carries Royals past Angels

Oct 4, 2014

Hosmer home run in 11th carries Royals past Angels

Eric Hosmer got his souvenir home run ball back while he stood on the field for a postgame interview, Angel Stadium’s silence broken only by a small band of blue-clad fans chanting “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” Hosmer savored the moment, realizing that almost nobody expected ...

Cardinals stage stunning rally

Oct 4, 2014

Cardinals stage stunning rally

Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals won a slugfest no one saw coming. Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in ...