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A's try to clinch playoff spot vs. Twins

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics can clinch their first playoff spot since 2014 when they complete a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon.

The A's (94-61) have consecutive walk-off wins over the Twins to open the series and lowered their magic number to be assured of at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs to one.

Either an A's win on Sunday or a loss by the Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) earlier in the day would give Oakland fans reason to celebrate in the club's home finale.


Cubs 3B Bryant out with shoulder fatigue

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup because of fatigue in his left shoulder.

The 26-year-old was on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation. He missed time earlier in the season with the same issue.


Rays' Snell goes for 21st win vs. Jays

TORONTO -- Blake Snell tied a Tampa Bay Rays record when he reached 20 wins Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.

The left-hander will try for No. 21 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Rays will be going for a split in the series after losing 5-2 on Saturday. They lead the season set 10-5.


Braves claim 1st NL East title since '13

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman stood soaked in champagne with music blaring and his teammates jamming in celebration.

This was just how the longtime star first baseman envisioned it when the Atlanta Braves began spring training seven months ago.


Yanks top O's in 11 to clinch wild card

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Hicks and the New York Yankees reached the playoffs the same way they played the regular season: They got hurt, stood up and kept on going.

Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning , just after a foul ball to an ankle sent him sprawling to the dirt face-first in pain, and the Yankees clinched an AL wild card for the second straight year with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.


Dodgers set club home run record in win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Manny Machado caught his wife's first pitch before the game and hit a three-run homer to notch the first 100 RBI season of his career.

"It can't get any better than this," Machado said.


Rockies beat Diamondbacks to keep pace

PHOENIX (AP) Antonio Senzatela picked a great night for perhaps his best outing of the season.

The Colorado right-hander allowed three hits in seven strong innings and the Rockies kept pace in their playoff push with a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.


Verlander Ks 11, Astros score 9 in 8th

HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch said the top of the eighth inning on Saturday night was one of the ugliest innings the Astros have had all season.

The bottom half of the inning was easily one of the team's best innings of the year.


O'Neill's HR lifts Cards by Giants in 10

ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler O'Neill thought about it for brief moment.

The St. Louis outfielder gave strong consideration to flexing his muscles for the Busch Stadium crowd following his solo home run in the 10th inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

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