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Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series....

AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros
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HOUSTON (AP) -- A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success....

A's Lester, Royals' Shields in AL wild-card focus
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago....

AP source: 7 umpires rotate at World Series
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NEW YORK (AP) -- In a nod to new technology, Major League Baseball will tweak its postseason tradition and add a seventh umpire to rotate between the replay booth and field for the World Series and league championship series....

Great grab helps Zimmermann toss Nats' 1st no-no
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the ball soared toward deep left-center, seemingly destined to end Jordan Zimmermann's bid for the first no-hitter by a Washington Nationals pitcher, the righty threw his head back and thought, "Double. No-doubt double."...

Trout, Strasburg giving playoffs a fresh look
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So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State....

MLB batting average lowest since 1972 _ before DH
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball's batting average hasn't been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments....

Derek Jeter has RBI single in last at-bat
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BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski has seen the rivalry with the Yankees at the low points, at least from the Boston side: He was the left fielder who watched Bucky Dent's popup settle into the net above the Green Monster in a one-game playoff to settle the 1978 AL East title....

Abreu sparks Mets, 8-3; Altuve wins batting crown
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A base hit in his final at-bat brought tears to Bobby Abreu's eyes....

Kershaw 1st to lead majors in ERA 4 straight years
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to lead the major leagues in earned run average in four straight years, and Houston's Jose Altuve and Colorado's Justin Morneau won their first batting titles....