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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The Orioles won 1-0. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)

Orioles enter playoffs with confidence despite what they’re missing

- Associated Press

They have no reason to believe anything will change in the playoffs, even though they will begin the AL division series against Detroit on Thursday without three former All-Stars — catcher Matt Wieters, third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager A. J. Hinch and coach Matt Williams, right, sit in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, June 4, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A.J. Hinch hired as Houston Astros manager, replacing Bo Porter

Associated Press

Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May of 2009 until July 2010, when he was fired after 31-48 start. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres from 2010 until August.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is seen in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Ron Gardenhire fired by Twins after 13 years as manager

- Associated Press

Gardenhire played an integral role in the franchise’s renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first year on the job. But Gardenhire’s teams only got out of the first round of the postseason once in those six trips.

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams throws batting practice before the a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

How the Nats plan to maintain momentum over four-day lull

- The Washington Times

The Nationals have scheduled a series of fast-paced, full-team workouts to stay sharp in the days leading up to Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. “Baseball is not like riding a bike,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Rhythm and timing play a huge part.”

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi's eyes fill with tears as he talks about Derek Jeter after the last baseball game of Jeter's career, against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Fenway Park in Boston. Jeter had an RBI single in the Yankees' 9-5 win.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Girardi: A-Rod has to show he can still play

- Associated Press

The Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to play third base next season but want the suspended star to prove during spring training he deserves to have his position back after a one-year absence.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Marlins believe they'll see more progress in 2015

- Associated Press

Giancarlo Stanton expects to be back for the start of spring training. Jose Fernandez is projected to return around the All-Star break. And the Miami Marlins believe they'll be ready to rejoin playoff contention in 2015.

A.J. Hinch meets the media after being named the new manager for the Houston Astros, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Houston. Hinch managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2009-2010 and was most recently the vice president of professional scouting for the San Diego Padres. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

AJ Hinch hired to manage Astros

- Associated Press

A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success.

Shoemaker, Hamilton hope for Angels playoff return

- Associated Press

Rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker and outfielder Josh Hamilton are both making progress toward a return from injuries for the Los Angeles Angels' playoff run.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Pirates savoring another playoff push

- Associated Press

Clint Hurdle greeted each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they walked off the field in Cincinnati on Sunday, telling them he "liked the fight" even after their chances of winning the NL Central evaporated in a loss to the Reds.

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, center, smiles and points from the dugout as he watches a replay of him scoring during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. In July, the worst case scenario had Molina missing the rest of the year with a torn ligament in his right thumb. The Cardinals got their All-Star catcher back before September, and he's been a difference-maker for the repeat NL Central champions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Molina's defense a difference-maker for Cardinals

- Associated Press

Yadier Molina returned in late August from a torn ligament in his right thumb, and the All-Star catcher has been a difference-maker for the St. Louis Cardinals as they try to reach the NL championship series for the fourth straight year.