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A's earn playoff spot, then beat Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth since 2014, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Monday night behind Khris Davis' major league-leading 46th home run.

Jonathan Lucroy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman also homered for the A's, assured no worse than a wild-card berth.

Oakland was one out into the game when Tampa Bay was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees. The A's went on to win after Chapman broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run drive in the seventh off Shawn Armstrong (0-1).

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BoSox clinch home field with 106th win

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.

Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.

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Brewers rally by Cards, trim gap on Cubs

ST. LOUIS (AP) Eric Thames scored on reliever Bud Norris' throwing error in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers improved their playoff positioning by topping the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Monday night.

Ryan Braun homered and Christian Yelich drove in two runs as Milwaukee won for the fourth time in five games. The Brewers (90-67) opened a three-game lead over St. Louis for the top spot in the wild-card standings and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost 5-1 to Pittsburgh.

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Giants fire GM Evans after four seasons

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bobby Evans was fired Monday as the San Francisco Giants' general manager.

The team said Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined.

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Gregorius hopes to return this week

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hopes to return from a wrist injury this week and start in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3.

Gregorius hurt his right wrist Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth. An MRI on Sunday revealed a small tear.

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Hicks hurts hamstring in Yankees' win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The players who combined for the run that clinched the New York Yankees' postseason berth are both hurt.

Aaron Hicks injured his left hamstring running up the first-base line in the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, another concern for New York heading into next week's AL wild-card game.

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Cubs' lead shrinks after loss to Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.

They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party.

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Dodgers down Arizona, maintain West lead

PHOENIX (AP) David Freese homered and had three hits, leading Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 on Monday night to maintain their lead in the NL West.

Manny Machado had two RBIs for the Dodgers, including a groundout deep into the shortstop hole with the bases loaded in the seventh inning that brought in Yasiel Puig with the go-ahead run. Los Angeles added three ninth-inning runs to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado, which routed Philadelphia 10-1 at Coors Field.

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Gray keys playoff-hopeful Rockies' rout

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray 's right arm looked dominant again on a night when Trevor Story's appeared healed.

Both were throwing strikes - one from the mound after a few bad outings, the other from shortstop after being sidelined for a week with a sore elbow.

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