ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Oakland Athletics waited until the last day of the regular season to finally clinch their third consecutive playoff berth.

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NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to baseball’s MVP debate, sometimes the names change from year to year more than the arguments do.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have a dynamic power hitter in Jose Abreu. They have one of baseball’s best pitchers in Chris Sale and a pesky leadoff man in Adam Eaton.

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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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NEW YORK (AP) — In a bizarre twist before the season finale, Jose Altuve was a late addition to the Houston Astros’ lineup Sunday after the team reversed course on its original decision to bench him – against his wishes – in an attempt to protect his lead in the American League batting race.

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Going to Game 162, and still no telling where or when Felix Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera will play after this weekend.

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San Francisco’s Jake Peavy enjoyed his best seasons early in his career with the San Diego Padres, including a 2007 NL Cy Young award and a pair of ERA titles.

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CHICAGO (AP) — As the Kansas City Royals celebrated in the clubhouse, George Brett watched from a distance.

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Derek Jeter has been a better player than Paul Konerko, so it follows that his good-bye video, a buzzy Gatorade Commercial, would be bigger, broader and sassier than anything produced for Konerko. Less can be more sometimes. In a short film produced by the Chicago White Sox and published this week, you’ll find no contrivances such as telling a driver to pull over so Konerko can surprise and shake hands with fans on Chicago’s South Side. There’s only a little stylish cinematography. Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” (written by Paul Anka) doesn’t accompany Konerko’s video by providing a score.  It’s just Konerko in a batting cage, cleaning up and remembering some of the milestones of his career with the White Sox before he turns out the lights for real, for good, this weekend. Many highs, such as catching each final out when the Sox won the AL Central, ALCS and 2005 World Series. And a few lows, like getting hurt. And actually it’s a little weird in the middle when the video shows Konerko getting hit in the face twice with pitches. Yikes. That part might have been a tad melodramatic. Although, there is a cool story behind one of the bean balls.  Paul Sullivan writes in the Chicago Tribune : On a day at Wrigley Field that (otherwise) will be remembered as Kerry Wood’s final game, Konerko leaves in the third inning after a Jeff Samardzija pitch hits him above his left eye. “There are a lot of superstars who put up big numbers, get paid a lot of money, and Paulie’s one of those guys who is a superstar and does it the right way,” Samardzija says. “There are not too many of those guys out there. He’s not about show or about himself. Paulie’s a good guy, and that ball got away and unfortunately hit him up high. If I could take it back, I would. The only thing that makes me OK about it is he’s a tough guy. I hope he’ll be all right.” Konerko misses only two games with lacerations above the eye. “It’s all back, other than what you see,” Konerko says of his black eye. “There’s a little soreness in it, but I can see out of it. So, you know, it’s good to go.” OK — even the part with the bean balls was fine. On the whole, the video is an understated tribute to one of the more important players in White Sox history, particularly in modern times. Not too schmaltzy, not hyperbolic, not larger than life — just, life. Just like Konerko, who was kind of an everyman for 16 seasons. And it was the right way, for him, to go out. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:        – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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CHICAGO (AP) — Whether it’s through a wild card or the AL Central title, Lorenzo Cain doesn’t care how the Kansas City Royals reach the playoffs.

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