• Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel pitches in the first inning of the American League wild card baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Keuchel, Astros beat Yankees in AL wild-card game

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all season long. Facing his biggest test yet, the bearded ace beat the odds and the Yankees once again.

    Updated: 9:36 pm

  • MLB inning breaks 3 minutes, 15 seconds during postseason

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the first year of Major League Baseball’s countdown clocks, between-inning breaks were clearly longer during the postseason opener between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

    Updated: 8:10 pm

  • Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore talks to the media while manager Ned Yost looks on during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals face the winner of tonight's AL wildcard game Thursday in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Royals head into postseason with newfound expectations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals were just happy to be invited to the party last year, ending a 29-year postseason drought before squeaking through a dramatic wild-card game against the Athletics.

  • Gomez on roster for Astros in wild-card game

    NEW YORK (AP) — Center fielder Carlos Gomez, who missed the final regular-season series with a strained left chest muscle, is on the roster for Houston’s AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.

  • New York Mets manager Terry Collins, right, gives a thumbs up as he heads to the dugout after taking a walk around the field to thank fans after the Mets 1-0 defeat of the Washington Nationals in their final regular season baseball game in New York, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Collins, Hinch among 4 managers prepping for playoff debuts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Late in the season, as the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another sat in the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field and commended manager Terry Collins.

    Updated: 9:40 pm

  • Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws in the outfield during a workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, for an American League Wild Card baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Keuchel, Astros still have something to prove against Yanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — For Dallas Keuchel, pitching on three days’ rest for the Houston Astros in the American League wild-card game is just one more chance to prove a season’s worth of doubters wrong.

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Joey Butler (9) is congratulated at home plate by teammates Steven Souza Jr., left to right, Tim Beckham and Asdrubal Cabrera after his grand slam during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

    Rays ready to keep building after another sub-.500 finish

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The resourceful Tampa Bay Rays have always used a different measuring stick to gauge their progress.

  • Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis, left, and catcher Salvador Perez celebrate the Royals' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Royals win ended the Twins playoff chances. Davis entered the ninth with the bases loaded and picked up the save. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Royals back in playoffs with stingy, rebuilt bullpen

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time the Kansas City Royals had run roughshod through the American League playoffs last year, everyone in baseball knew exactly what H-D-H meant.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

    Close calls in Cy Young races; Harper, Donaldson for MVP

    NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s how stacked the NL Cy Young race is: Max Scherzer struck out 276 batters with a 2.79 ERA and became the first major leaguer in 42 years to throw two no-hitters in one season.

  • New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers in the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in New York, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Mets set playoff rotation for initial 3 games vs Dodgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.