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Astros face Jays looking to wrap up West

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TORONTO -- The Houston Astros are on the verge of clinching first in the American League West.

They moved one step closer by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre.

The 2017 World Series champions own a 4 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division.

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Brewers visit Cardinals with eye on Cubs

A long slog of a rainy Monday night in St. Louis turned out to be a very productive one for the Milwaukee Brewers, thanks to some help from a National League Central rival.

Milwaukee's come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Cardinals, combined with Pittsburgh's 5-1 victory at the Chicago Cubs, inched the Brewers within 1 1/2 games of Chicago for first place in the division. It also assured them of leaving their showdown series at Busch Stadium with no worse than the NL's first wild card spot.

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Mets star Wright begins final homestand

NEW YORK -- The end of the final week of the season will be nostalgic and bittersweet for the New York Mets. The beginning will serve to remind the Mets of a past they'd thought was buried, and how far they have to go to catch a familiar foe.

David Wright's final homestand as a major leaguer is scheduled to begin Tuesday night, when the Mets activate their former All-Star third baseman prior to the opener of a three-game series against the National League East champion Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

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A's earn playoff spot, then beat Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) Champagne flowed in the clubhouse as players bopped around and screamed in a wild celebration after the Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years.

"It's a lot of fun," a soaked Khris Davis said. "We're just trying to enjoy the moment. It's a blast. We've been waiting for this day for a while. I feel so much excitement. It's just a dream come true."

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Red Sox clinch home field with 106th win

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.

Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.

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Gregorius hopes to return this week

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hopes to return from a wrist injury this week and start in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3.

Gregorius hurt his right wrist Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth. An MRI on Sunday revealed a small tear.

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Kluber throws 7 scoreless for 20th win

CHICAGO (AP) Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it's "a nice, round number."

Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Monday night.

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Hicks hurts hamstring in Yankees' win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The players who combined for the run that clinched the New York Yankees' postseason berth are both hurt.

Aaron Hicks injured his left hamstring running up the first-base line in the Yankees' 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, another concern for New York heading into next week's AL wild-card game.

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Cubs' lead shrinks after loss to Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.

They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party.

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