There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless.

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The Baltimore Orioles are AL East champions for the first time since 1997, and they marked the occasion with a celebration that lasted long after the final out of their clinching 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. ”There are some great moments in your life,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”This ranks right up there.” Showalter arrived in 2010, in the midst of Baltimore’s 13th consecutive losing season. The Orioles lost 93 games in 2011, then broke the franchise-record run of futility by going 93-69 in 2012 to make the postseason as a wild card.

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Now, the Oakland Athletics need to score some runs before they lose a playoff spot altogether. The A’s continued their free-fall Thursday, when Chris Sale bested Scott Kazmir in a brilliant pitchers’ duel, light-hitting Marcus Semien homered for the only run and the Chicago White Sox won 1-0. Their lead in the AL wild-card race dwindled to one game over Detroit and 1 1-2 over Seattle, both of which were idle. ”We’re playing for our lives now,” manager Bob Melvin conceded.

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Jarrod Dyson loves to boast about what speedy base runners can do. Dyson and Terrance Gore used their speed to score as pinch runners in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Monday night. ”He knows he’s got the ability to steal the tough base,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. Mike Moustakas doubled with one out in the ninth.

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Minnesota Twins rookie Trevor May came out sizzling, pitching three perfect innings and striking out five. May struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and Minnesota overcame Jose Abreu’s 35th home run, beating Chicago 6-4 to end a four-game losing streak. After pitching coach Rick Anderson visited the mound, May struck out the next three Chicago batters. ”(Anderson) went out there and told him to trust his stuff and pitch off the fastball,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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With another big late-inning home run, the Detroit Tigers reopened a 1 1/2-game AL Central lead Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Kinsler’s homer off Bryan Shaw (5-5), his first since Aug. 30, followed Rajai Davis’ infield single and put the Tigers ahead 4-3. ”It’s not easy to get to that guy,” Kinsler said. A night earlier, Alex Avila hit a two-out, two-run homer off Shaw in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 5-4 win.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana was a little bit better than Phil Hughes in a strikeout duel.

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Jose Abreu showed off his powerful bat again on Saturday night. Abreu drew a walk during a 14-pitch at-bat to set the stage for Dayan Viciedo’s winning two-run homer that gave the Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins and a sweep of their doubleheader. Pinch-runner Jordan Danks was erased when Avisail Garcia grounder into a fielder’s choice, but Viciedo drove a full-count pitch over the wall in left for his 21st homer. ”I just tried to work as much as I could to get the right pitch.” The White Sox have won four in a row, matching a season high.

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When players and their agents agree to contract incentives, they do so knowing that circumstances beyond their control could end up costing them money. Unfortunately for Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, it appears Mother Nature will play the role of spoiler as Friday night’s rainout against the Chicago White Sox could end up costing Hughes a $500,000 innings bonus. According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press , Hughes is due a $500,000 bonus if he reaches 210 innings this season. With 187 2/3 innings in the bank and four more starts tentatively penciled in prior to Friday, Hughes only needed to average a little less than six innings a start to reach the threshold. With Hughes now scheduled to pitch game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, his entire schedule is pushed back one day, meaning he’d need to make one start on short rest to squeeze in a fourth start. Given the Twins position in the standings and the likelihood they aren’t anxious to give away $500,000, chances are Hughes won’t get that additional start. But that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t earn extra money down the stretch. Berardino writes: Having already collected a $250,000 bonus for reaching 180 innings, Hughes’ next benchmark is another $250,000 at 195 innings. His career high for now remains the 191 1/3 innings he threw for the New York Yankees in 2012, when he won 16 games and made a career-best 32 starts. Hughes, 28, has worked into the eighth inning in three of his past five starts after recording outs past the seventh just four times in his first 24 starts for the Twins. Hughes will likely earn the $250,000 bonus on Saturday.  If he can stay hot and healthy down the stretch, and average 23 outs — or 7 2/3 innings — in his final three starts, he’ll barely get to the $500,000 threshold. But again, how willing would Minnesota be to extend him in those starts for the sake of earning him extra money? Hughes is in the first year of a three-year, $24 million deal, so the Twins have a long-term investment to protect on top of it. If he’s breezing through outings and it makes sense, sure, but the deck appears stacked against that happening. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox game has been postponed by rain.

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