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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Howie Kendrick doubled and drove in three runs, and the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels held off the playoff-hopeful Oakland Athletics 5-4. The A's dropped a half-game back of Kansas City for the top AL wild card, with the Royals playing a night game at Cleveland. Seattle is three games behind for the second wild-card spot.
NEW YORK (AP)— The New York Yankees will not be distracted by any race for the playoffs during captain Derek Jeter's final home game Thursday night against Baltimore. The AL East champion Orioles eliminated the Yanks from the playoff chase with a 9-5 victory this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Hughes set a single-season major league record for strikeout-to-walk ratio, pitching eight strong innings for the Minnesota Twins in a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hughes is 16-10, and with 186 strikeouts to 16 walks, his 11.63 ratio became the all-time best for pitchers with a qualifying number of innings.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The winless Jacksonville Jaguars have benched two more starters. Coach Gus Bradley is sitting down safety Winston Guy and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds in favor of backups Josh Evans and J.T. Thomas. Evans and Thomas will start Sunday at San Diego.
CHICAGO (AP)— — Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin will miss his second straight game because of a hand injury. Coach Marc Trestman called McClellin "week to week" and said he will not play Sunday against Green Bay.