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Royals get playoff berth...Cards still 1-up on Bucs...Nats get home field...DBacks fire Gibson

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 27, 2014 at 12:20 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have wrapped up their first playoff berth in 29 years while moving within one game of Detroit for the AL Central lead. Jeremy Guthrie scattered four hits in seven shutout innings as the Royals downed the White Sox 3-1 in Chicago. The Tigers were clobbered by Minnesota 11-4 as Oswaldo Arcia ripped a two-run homer and had three RBIs.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals still top the National League Central by one game over Pittsburgh after both teams won on Friday. The Cards blew a 6-2 lead before Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning, capping his three-RBI night in the Redbirds' 7-6 triumph at Arizona. The Pirates and Reds were tied 1-1 until Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive RBI doubles with two out in the eighth inning of the Bucs' 3-1 win over Cincinnati.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have secured home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs by blanking Miami 4-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader on Friday. Doug Fister tossed a three-hitter as the NL East champs improved to 94-65. Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') hit a first-inning homer off Jarred Cosart, who surrendered eight walks in just five innings.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have continued their makeover by firing manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell (TRAM'-ul). The move comes a day after Dave Stewart was named general manager and less than a month after Kevin Towers was let go as GM. Gibson went 225-258 in three seasons since guiding the Diamondbacks to a 94-68 mark and the NL West title.

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Europe has a 5-3 lead over the United States heading into the second day of Ryder Cup. The Americans opened with a 2 ½-1 ½ advantage after Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson won the final fourballs match, but the Europeans came close to sweeping the foursomes. Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker halved both of their matches, and the fourball pairing of Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Patrick Reed gave the U.S. its other victory.

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