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A’s swipe division title from Rangers

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland won the AL West title with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun two-time defending league champion Texas on Wednesday.

Josh Hamilton dropped a fly ball in center field for a two-run error that put the A’s (94-68) ahead 7-5 in a six-run fourth inning.

While Hamilton’s Rangers (93-69) are headed to the new one-game, wild-card playoff, the A’s get some time off before opening the division series in their first postseason appearance since 2006.

The A’s needed a sweep Texas and they delivered to win their first division crown in six years and 15th in all. They overcame a five-game deficit in the final nine days and took sole possession of the West’s top spot for the first time this year.

Oakland’s Coco Crisp hit a tying two-run double in the fourth against Derek Holland (12-7). Brandon Moss drove in three runs, including a two-run single in a four-run eighth.

Rookie Evan Scribner (2-0) allowed two hits and struck out two in three scoreless innings after replacing struggling starter A.J. Griffin.

Derek Norris homered leading off the eighth with his seventh homer and Oakland’s major league-leading 112th since the All- Star break.

 

YANKEES……………………….14 

RED SOX…………………………2 

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the Yankees past the Red Sox for their 13th AL East title in 17 years.

Cano tied a career high with six RBIs as New York secured home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Yankees will open on the road Sunday against the winner of Friday’s wild-card game between Baltimore and Texas.

 

RAYS………………………………4 

ORIOLES…………………………1 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria homered three times and the Rays beat Baltimore, ending the Orioles’ bid to force a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title.

The loss left the Orioles as a wild-card team. They’ll play Friday at Texas, with the winner advancing to the division series.

 

WHITE SOX……………………..9

INDIANS………………………….0

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dan Johnson hit his first three homers of the season and Chicago added two more in the game as the White Sox routed the Indians.

Gavin Floyd (12-11) gave up three hits over seven innings. He struck out six, one short of getting 145 strikeouts for the fifth straight season despite being on the disabled list twice this year.

 

TIGERS…………………………..1

ROYALS…………………………..0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to achieve the Triple Crown in the Tigers’ victory over the Royals.

Cabrera went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, then left in the fourth inning of the regular-season finale. He finished with an American League-leading .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs, becoming just the 15th player to achieve the milestone and the first since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Austin Jackson drove in the only run.

 

BLUE JAYS……………………….2

TWINS…………………………….1

TORONTO (AP) — Brandon Morrow (10-7) struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings, Omar Vizquel wrapped up his 24-year career and the Blue Jays beat the Twins to complete a three-game sweep.

Mike McCoy replaced Vizquel with two outs in the ninth and the veteran infielder left to a standing ovation, hugging his teammates, doffing his cap and tapping his heart to show his appreciation.

 

MARINERS…………………….12

ANGELS…………………………..0

SEATTLE (AP) — Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle’s six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners routed the Angels.

Angels’ star rookie Mike Trout went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth to finish the season with a .326 average. That was good for second in the AL batting race, but pretty much locked up the Triple Crown for Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera.

 

NATIONALS……………………..5

PHILLIES………………………..1

WASHINGTON (AP) — NL East champion Washington secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating Philadelphia for their major league-high 98th victory.

Michael Morse homered and doubled for the Nationals.

 

BRAVES…………………………..4

PIRATES…………………………0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Heyward singled twice and scored two runs for Atlanta in the regular-season finale.

Chipper Jones added a pinch-hit single in his final regular-season at-bat for Atlanta, which hosts St. Louis in the wild-card playoff on Friday.

 

CUBS………………………………5

ASTROS…………………………..4

CHICAGO (AP) — The Astros set a franchise record for losses in a season, finishing 55-107, one more loss than last year. Bryan LaHair homered and hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning for Chicago.

METS………………………………4

MARLINS…………………………2

MIAMI (AP) — Ike Davis hit his 32nd homer and Scott Hairston got his 20th to help New York win its season finale.

 

ROCKIES…………………………2

DIAMONDBACKS……………..1

PHOENIX (AP) — Jeff Francis earned his first victory in more than a month and Colorado used two unearned runs to beat Ian Kennedy to conclude disappointing seasons for both teams.

 

DODGERS……………………….5

GIANTS……………………………1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw (14-9) finished with a major league-leading 2.53 ERA, Adrian Gonzalez singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles ended its season a day after being eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight year by San Francisco.

 

PADRES………………………….7

BREWERS……………………….6

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chase Headley drove in two runs, finishing the season with an NL-leading 115 RBIs for San Diego.

Travis Ishikawa drove in four runs for Milwaukee, including three with a double in the third that made it 6-0.

 

CARDINALS……………………..1

REDS………………………………0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie right-hander Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first career start and Matt Carpenter had a run-scoring single for St. Louis.

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