More than three weeks later, the Indians got three outs and finally finished off the Royals. Cleveland moved within 2 1/2 games of Kansas City in the AL wild-card chase on Monday after Scott Atchison struggled but got finished the long-delayed 10th to complete the Indians' 4-3 win in a game suspended on Aug. 31 in Kansas City. Atchison gave up a two-out RBI single to Nori Aoki in the bottom of the 10th - Kansas City was the home team on the road - before getting Omar Infante to pop out for his second save, stranding the tying run at second. After waiting 23 days, the Indians needed nine minutes to close the gap on the Royals.
Joe Girardi already is thinking about how to handle Derek Jeter's home finale Thursday. Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York's last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera. New York had been eliminated from postseason contention the previous night. Now, the Yankees began a series with Baltimore on Monday trailing by 4 1/2 games for the AL's second wild card with seven games left.
For nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves have been all about stability. In their first major off-the-field firing since 1990, the Braves dismissed general manager Frank Wren less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the NL playoff race. Former Cleveland and Texas general manager John Hart will serve as Wren's interim replacement. ''It was time,'' team President John Schuerholz said.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Incoming baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players' association head Tony Clark have been selected to participate in a new Major League Baseball committee tasked with decreasing the times of games.
The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to secure the NL Central title while battling a flu bug that has spread throughout the roster. The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, and then lost 7-2 to Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds. Regulars Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter did not play for the second straight game, and Matheny said there are ''north of 10 players'' bothered by flu-like symptoms. ''Almost as many unavailable as available.'' Infielder Daniel Descalso is one of the players who has not been affected by the bug.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland needed a big hit in the 10th inning against Philadelphia. Fortunately for the Athletics, they had Josh Donaldson at the plate.
The San Francisco Giants are reeling, having lost six of eight games, a streak in which they've scored only 14 runs. The Giants managed just six hits off Ian Kennedy and three relievers, losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres on Sunday to fall 4 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race. You prepare the best you can and go out and see what happens.'' The Giants' chances of winning the division were dealt a serious blow by the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres. The Giants open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
Masahiro Tanaka started Jose Reyes with a 92 mph fastball, his first major league pitch since July 8. ''Obviously, I'm very relieved,'' Tanaka said through a translator after leading the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday before a boisterous sellout crowd of 48,144 on a gray, overcast afternoon. Tanaka was only part of the attraction: It was Derek Jeter's last weekend game at Yankee Stadium. The retiring Yankees captain received standing ovations during every at-bat, went 2 for 4 and finished his next-to-last home series 8 for 15 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.