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RHP Al Alburquerque gave up two hits and one run in two-thirds of an inning of relief on Saturday night in a 1-0 loss to Oakland in Game 2 of the ALDS. Last year in the ALDS against Oakland, he blanked the A's on no hits for 1 1/3 innings in two appearances and went 1-0. RHP Al Alburquerque gave up two hits and one run in two-thirds of an inning of relief on Saturday night in a 1-0 loss to Oakland in Game 2 of the ALDS. Last year in the ALDS against Oakland, he blanked the A's on no hits for 1 1/3 innings in two appearances and went 1-0.

Baseball: Red Sox dominate Rays in playoff opener

The Boston Red Sox got the early upper hand in their Major League Baseball playoff series with Tampa Bay, breezing to a 12-2 victory on Friday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox used 7 2/3 terrific innings from left-handed starting pitcher Jon Lester and an offensive blitz at the plate in front of a crowd of 38,177 to easily win the opener of their best-of-five American League series.

Rays blank Indians 4-0 in AL Wild Card game

U.S. Sports Desk, Oct 3 (EFE).- Starter Alex Cobb pitched nearly seven innings of shutout baseball and designated hitter Delmon Young contributed a home run as the Tampa Bay Rays knocked out the Cleveland Indians with a 4-0 road win in the American League Wild Card game. The Indians had won 10 games in a row to leapfrog the Rays and capture the top AL Wild Card spot.

Baseball: Rays blank Indians to advance in playoffs

Delmon Young smacked a home run and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday to advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs. By capturing the one-game wildcard matchup, the Rays reached an American League divisional series against the top-seeded Boston Red Sox, who went 12-7 against Tampa Bay this season. Oakland and Detroit meet in the other AL playoff series.

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RHP Alex Cobb pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win against Cleveland on Wednesday night, even though he didn't have his best stuff. "My fastball location was all over the place, and my changeup was non-existent for most of the game," Cobb said. In two starts vs. the Indians this season, counting the wild-card game, Cobb went 2-0 with and did not allow a run in 14 innings.

Road-warrior Rays down Indians to advance

(Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Rays continued to thrive on the road with a clinical 4-0 victory over a profligate Cleveland Indians in their one-game, wild card playoff on Wednesday to advance to the American League Division Series. The Rays, who played their last eight games away from home and faced three successive must-win games in Toronto, Texas and against the Indians at Progressive Field, will be on the road again on Friday, starting a best-of-five series against the top-seeded Boston Red Sox.

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RHP A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start Thursday at St. Louis in Game 1 of a National League Division Series. Burnett was 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 regular-season starts, including 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA in six starts against the Cardinals. In his career, Burnett is 8-6 with a 4.11 ERA vs. St. Louis in 17 starts.

Indians grab wild card, Rays-Rangers to duel

By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The Cleveland Indians claimed an American League wild card berth, while the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers extended the season for one more game by finishing in a tie for the league's second wild card spot on Sunday. Cleveland capped a 10-game, season-ending winning streak with a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins that gave them a 92-70 record and ensured they would host the AL wild card playoff game on Wednesday.

Baseball: Indians advance but Rays, Rangers need tie-breaker

Texas and Tampa Bay both won Sunday to book a one-game showdown for the final Major League Baseball playoff berth while the Cleveland Indians won to capture a post-season spot. Tampa Bay seized a seven-run lead then hung on to edge host Toronto 7-6 to finish the six-month season 91-71, a record Texas then matched with a 6-2 home victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Indians beat Twins, will host wild-card game

Indians beat Twins, will host wild-card game MINNEAPOLIS -- Winning the right to play at least one more game might not seem like a reason to celebrate, but the Cleveland Indians don't mind going a little nuts for now. The Indians held a raucous bash in the Target Field visitors' clubhouse after wrapping up their first postseason berth since 2007, clinching home-field for the American League wild-card game by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-1 in the regular season finale in Minneapolis.
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