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A’s, Yankees win divisions

Nationals claims National League’s top seed

The Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro (right) and teammates mob Bryan LaHair after LaHair hit the game-winning single off Houston Astros pitcher Hector Ambriz during the ninth inning Wednesday in Chicago.

By The Associated Press

Dan Johnson hit his first three homers of the season, and the White Sox added two more in the game in a 9-0 rout of the Indians on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Johnson hit two two-run homers off David Huff (3-1). His 424-foot shot in the second inning was his first in more than a year. His second made it 7-0 in the fifth, two batters after Paul Konerko hit his 26th of the season.

Yankees 14, Red Sox 2: Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the Yankees past the Red Sox in New York for their 13th AL East title in 17 years.

A’s 12, Rangers 5: 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 12-5 in Oakland, Calif.

Rays 4, Orioles 1: Evan Longoria homered three times, and the Rays beat Baltimore in St. Petersburg, Fla., 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.

National League

Cubs 5, Astros 4: Houston ended its National League tenure with a result that’s become familiar: a loss in Chicago.

Bryan LaHair homered and hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning for Chicago.

It was the first series between 100-game losers in the major leagues since 1962.

Cardinals 1, Reds 0: Rookie right-hander Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first career start, Matt Carpenter had a run-scoring single, and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis.

The Cardinals, who won 12 of their final 16 regular-season games, clinched the second NL wild card spot Tuesday and will face the Braves in Atlanta on Friday.

Nationals 5, Phillies 1: The NL East champion Nationals secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating Philadelphia in Washington for their major league-high 98th victory.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson missed the end of the game after feeling numbness in his left leg, leaving the dugout to get X-rays and treatment from a team doctor.



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