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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.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker and outfielder Josh Hamilton are both making progress toward a return from injuries for the Los Angeles Angels' playoff run.

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A look at the American League wild-card playoff between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics:

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Schedule: Tuesday, at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m. EDT (TBS).

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PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks boosted their payroll to unprecedented levels, hoping the influx would break them out of a two-year funk.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) Arguably the worst year in San Diego Padres history ended with an eighth straight season out of the playoffs and manager Bud Black still employed.

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