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Yankees rally, sweep Tribe to reach ALDS

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CLEVELAND (AP) DJ LeMahieu's tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off Cleveland closer Brad Hand sent the New York Yankees into the AL Division Series with a wild 10-9 win over the Indians early Thursday in a rain-delayed Game 2 that started in September and ended in October.

At 4 hours, 50 minutes - even without the delays - it was the longest nine-inning game (regular season or postseason) in major league history, ending after 1 a.m.

"I don't know how you top that one - the back and forth, the amount of big plays," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Tonight just had that feeling that these guys weren't going to be denied. They weren't going to lose."


Betts, Seager lead Dodgers past Brewers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts had two hits and an RBI, Corey Seager homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the opener of their NL wild-card series on Wednesday night.

The eight-time West champion Dodgers capitalized early in a bullpen game for the Brewers and can wrap up the best-of-three series on Thursday. Milwaukee - a playoff entrant despite a losing record - limped into the postseason as the No. 8 seed without its best starter and reliever, who are hurt.


Freeman lifts Braves past Reds 1-0 in 13

ATLANTA (AP) The scoreless innings kept piling up, along with the strikeouts. The shadows began to creep across the infield, and when the lights came on in a mostly empty stadium for a postseason game that began a little past noon, it seemed like this might go on forever.

Finally, Freddie Freeman had seen enough.


Astros sweep as Twins lose 18th straight

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Shaken up by a scandal before the virus outbreak shrunk the season, the Houston Astros barely played well enough to reach the playoffs - with the rest of baseball actively rooting against them.

Well, they're not ready to leave yet.


Renfroe slam lifts Rays to sweep of Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays gathered in front of their dugout and posed for a celebratory team picture they're hoping will not be the last they take this postseason.

Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam and the top-seeded Rays won a postseason series for the first time in 12 years, overpowering the young Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Wednesday to finish a two-game sweep of their wild-card matchup.


A's hold off White Sox to even series

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland's long-reliable regulars Marcus Semien and Khris Davis powered a couple of home runs, Mark Canha made a game-saving catch against the wall and red-hot right-hander Chris Bassitt delivered the start of his life.

Now, the slugging A's are right back in a familiar fall position: one winner-take-all postseason game with the season on the line.


Alcantara stymies Cubs as Miami wins 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) The Miami Marlins just kept fighting. When Kyle Hendricks finally stumbled, they pounced.

This group of Marlins is one resilient bunch of fish.


Fans allowed at NLCS, World Series

NEW YORK (AP) Fans can take themselves out to the ball game for the first time this season during the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday that approximately 11,500 tickets will be available for each game. That is about 28% of the 40,518-capacity, retractable-roof stadium of the Texas Rangers, which opened this year adjacent to old Globe Life Park, the team's open-air home from 1994 through 2019.


Rangers owner 'embarrassed' by team

Ray Davis and the Texas Rangers ownership group will host the 2020 World Series, just as they had hoped when they broke ground on a new stadium three years ago . Just not with the team they expected.

Instead of a splashy debut year in the the $1.2 billion ballpark with a retractable roof, the Rangers finished an American League-worst 22-38 in the pandemic-shortened season in front of no fans.