DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the AL division series for Detroit on Thursday, headlining the Tigers’ star-studded rotation for a second consecutive postseason.

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Ned Yost says he is not too concerned by the long odds faced by the wild card entrants as the Kansas City Royals return to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.

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A look at the American League wild-card playoff between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics:

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a bizarre twist before the season finale, Jose Altuve was a late addition to the Houston Astros’ lineup Sunday after the team reversed course on its original decision to bench him – against his wishes – in an attempt to protect his lead in the American League batting race.

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Going to Game 162, and still no telling where or when Felix Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera will play after this weekend.

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With Corey Kluber‘s eighth-inning strikeout of David DeJesus, the Cleveland Indians rewrote the history books in Friday night’s 1-0 win over Tampa Bay . The strikeout, which came on a 95-mph fastball, was Cleveland’s 1,429 as a staff this season. That set a new single-season record for team strikeouts, besting the Detroit Tigers mark set last season with a staff featuring Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez. Prior to that, the Chicago Cubs set the mark at 1,404 strikeouts with Kerry Wood and Mark Prior leading the way in 2003. Cleveland’s pitching staff didn’t have the same star power as those two staffs, at least not coming into the season. However, Kluber, a 28-year-old right-hander, has absolutely blown up this season and will enter the offseason as a favorite for AL Cy Young. Kluber padded his resume on Friday. Over eight shutout innings, he struck out 11 to give him three straight double-digit strikeout starts, something no Indians pitcher had done in over 100 years, and 11 on the season. In the process, he raised his MLB leading total to 269, which ranks sixth on the Indians’ leaderboard for strikeouts in a season. Bob Feller set the pace with 348 in 1946. Sam McDowell occupies the 2-5 spots on the list. Great company for Kluber to be in, but he was far more excited about the team mark.   “It says we’ve got good pitchers on our staff,” Kluber said. “I guess that record probably speaks volumes for what kind of stuff we have as a staff. There are times throughout the year when we probably didn’t pitch up to our capabilities, but I think that’s a reflection of what we’re capable of when we do.” Kluber led the way by a wide margin. Trevor Bauer was second on the team with 143 strikeouts. They did have great balance though, as 11 pitchers struck out at least 50. Closer Cody Allen leads the bullpen with 91 strikeouts. He added one in the ninth inning on Friday, giving Cleveland 1.431 with two games left to play. “It’s nice. It’s fun,” Allen said of the record. “It’s pretty cool, but it doesn’t always translate into a ton of wins. We’d be willing to trade that record for about five or six more wins. But, it’s pretty cool to be a part of.” Cleveland was among the final teams to be eliminated from playoff contention. Another five or six wins obviously would have done them a lot of good, but the strikeout record definitely gives them something to hand their hat on and build on heading in to 2015.  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) — As the Kansas City Royals celebrated in the clubhouse, George Brett watched from a distance.

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DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer was finally willing to do a bit of scoreboard watching.

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