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Braves claim 1st NL East title since '13

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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.

"You could tell after the first week of workouts that we had the talent to do something special," Freeman said. "Obviously we still needed to put it together. But this is what happens. You win the division after three straight 90-loss seasons."


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.


A's walk-off Twins again, magic number 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Piscotty's alert baserunning helped the Oakland Athletics inch closer to their first playoff berth in four years.

Piscotty doubled leading off the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Trevor Hildenberger's bases-loaded wild pitch with two outs. The A's cut their magic number to clinch a spot in the postseason to one with their second straight walk-off win over the Minnesota Twins, 3-2 on Saturday night.


Cubs beat ChiSox to extend Central lead

CHICAGO (AP) With every big swing, every defensive gem all over the infield, Javier Baez is making an argument for NL MVP.

It's turning into quite a case.


Brewers blanked, wild-card lead cut to 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers' playoff push was slowed by a nemesis.

Milwaukee's offense was stymied when Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory Saturday night.


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.


Indians win in 11 to deny BoSox's 106th

CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Brantley kept his cool and delivered for the Cleveland Indians.

Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and Cleveland beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to delay Boston's bid for a club-record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

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