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ATLANTA (AP) For nearly a quarter-century, the Atlanta Braves have been all about stability.

That changed Monday.

In their first major off-the-field firing since 1990, the Braves dismissed general manager Frank Wren less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the NL playoff race.

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Girardi preparing for Jeter home finale

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Girardi already is thinking about how to handle Derek Jeter's home finale Thursday.

Last year, the manager sent Jeter and Andy Pettitte to the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of New York's last game at Yankee Stadium to remove Mariano Rivera. The retiring closer wept during a four-minute ovation, buried his head on the right shoulder of Pettitte and then was embraced by his two teammates.

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Yankees claim OF Perez off waivers

NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees from the Washington Nationals.

Perez hit a combined .310 (75 for 242) with three minor league teams this year with 14 doubles, two homers and 15 RBIs. He had a .154 average in 22 games with the Nationals in 2012-13.

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Royals avoid sweep, 1 1-2 back of Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Each win moves the Royals one step closer to the end of their long playoff drought, and Sunday was a big one.

Nori Aoki hit a two-run triple, and Kansas City beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 to avoid a sweep in the weekend series between the AL Central's top teams.

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Pirates beat Brewers 1-0, extend WC lead

PITTSBURGH (AP) Vance Worley is used to his body breaking down at this point in the season.

An unexpected break allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander to regroup. He responded with his sharpest outing in two months to push the fading Milwaukee Brewers closer to an extended vacation of their own.

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Cards fall to Reds but make playoffs

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to secure the NL Central title while battling a flu bug that has spread throughout the roster. At least they know they are headed back to the postseason.

The Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, and then lost 7-2 to Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds. But the biggest concern for manager Mike Matheny was an alarming group of sick players.

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Donaldson's HR gets A's past Phils in 10

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland needed a big hit in the 10th inning against Philadelphia. Fortunately for the Athletics, they had Josh Donaldson at the plate.

Donaldson hit a two-run homer to lift the A's to an 8-6 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.

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Kluber strikes out 14 again, Indians win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Corey Kluber continues to dominate hitters when the Cleveland Indians need him most.

Kluber struck out a career-high 14 hitters for the second straight start and the Indians didn't lose any ground in the playoff chase Sunday with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

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Braves complete collapse, miss playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) Ervin Santana has no trouble summing up the collapse that ended Atlanta's postseason hopes.

"As a pitcher, we have our confidence up, but you either have to throw a complete game shutout or something like that to get a win," he said. "It's very tough."

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Mariners blow lead, lose 8-3 to Astros

HOUSTON (AP) The Seattle Mariners left Houston lamenting their missed opportunities.

Their playoff hopes took another hit, as Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

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