Seeking relief, A’s to start Hendriks in wild-card game

Oakland Athletics find fan doused by beer, to send him care package

Oakland Athletics find fan doused by beer, to send him care package

On Wednesday, the Yankees jumped out to an early 2-0 lead courtesy of a homer from All-Star slugger Aaron Judge. Even so, confidence and a state of presumption carried the day. While the Yankees scuffled during the dogs days of the season, the Bronx Bombers still won 100 games, good for the third-best record in Major League Baseball.

Happ threw five shutout innings last Friday at Fenway Park before giving up a grand slam in the sixth inning.

Scott Oberg, the sixth Colorado pitcher, fanned Kris Bryant for the final out of the 12th and then struck out the side in the 13th to end the longest postseason game at 104-year-old Wrigley.

"All empires fall sooner or later", Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said.

Yankees fans fretted about an all-or-nothing knockout match, thinking back to a year ago when Severino fell behind Minnesota, 3-0, only 10 pitches in.

Then the following July, Boston's Bronson Arroyo hit New York's Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, A-Rod stared at the pitch as he walked toward first, catcher Jason Varitek got between them and pushed the AL MVP, leading to dugouts and bullpens emptying.

NY went 100-62, its best record since winning the 2009 World Series, and became the 10th big league team that won 100 games and failed to finish first.

The Red Sox set a franchise record with 108 wins this season. "I'm just happy to be on the team, to be honest", Hendriks said.

The Red Sox went 10-9 against the Yankees this year. NY became the first team since the 2001 A's to reach triple digits in wins and fail to finish first.

"I was already excited from the national anthem on", said Judge, who hit his second homer since returning in mid-September after missing seven weeks with a broken right wrist. "Any time you get a chance to put baseball in the forefront in Australia, it's a good thing".

Oakland has lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of their postseason matchups against the Yankees.

BALTIMORE - Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Unfortunately, Oakland's bats went quiet at the wrong time, producing just two hits through the first seven scoreless innings. And by the time David Robertson succeeded Betances to start the seventh inning, he enjoyed the benefit of a 6-0 cushion.

Only Zach Britton was touched up for a run when Oakland's Khris Davis smacked a two-run home run off him in the eighth as their bullpen rode to victory midweek.

"Such a insane game", Story said.

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