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Cubs win gets most viewers in wild-card game's short history
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' return to the playoffs has drawn the largest television audience in the short history of baseball's wild-card game....

Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3
TORONTO (AP) -- A big day by the bottom of Texas' batting order helped the Rangers overcome an injury to slugger Adrian Beltre in the start of their postseason run....

Rangers' Beltre leaves playoff game with stiff back
TORONTO (AP) -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays in tears after hurting his back on a slide....

Kershaw, Dodgers facing different Mets in playoffs
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw isn't sure what to expect from the new-look Mets, whose dramatic transformation in the second half of the season led to an NL East title....

Chicago Cubs give their longest-suffering fans a bit of hope
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Living in a nursing home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, 82-year-old Edith Heath knows something about faith....

Lester vs Lackey matches former Red Sox teammates
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- John Lackey has been quite the bargain for the St. Louis Cardinals....

Broadcaster Vin Scully to miss postseason after procedure
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure....

St. Louis police to increase security for baseball playoffs
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Baseball fans converging on the city's downtown for the playoffs series between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs can expect a beefed-up police presence, St. Louis' police chief pledged Thursday, two weeks after a shooting near Busch Stadium left a fan unable to walk and spawned unease about downtown safety....

Donaldson leaves playoff game after taking knee to head
TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against Texas after he was kneed in the head while breaking up a double play....

Molina on Cardinals' roster, will play wearing splint
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals' roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb....