The Kansas City Royals celebrate after catcher Salvador Perez (13) hit a walk-off single against the Oakland Athletics during the 12th inning of the American League Wild Card playoff at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City Tuesday night. The Royals won 9-8.

Royals rally by A’s in 12th to earn berth in AL division series vs. Angels

By David Smale, The Sports Xchange on Oct. 01, 2014, at 1:37 a.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez’s single down the left-field line capped a two-run, 12th-inning rally, and the Kansas City Royals stunned the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game. The Royals advance to play the Los Angeles Angels in the American League division series at …
Pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) delivers against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Red Sox to continue rebuilding course after another last-place season

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.
BOSTON — Last to first to last … to first? “We didn’t anticipate the final record, but you play the games to determine that, and it is where we are,” manager John Farrell said after the defending World Series champions finished a 71-91 season. “We’ve got a lot of work …

Sports briefs for Sept. 30

By Wire Service Reports on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
Boston’s Buchholz has knee surgery Two days after starting the Boston Red Sox’s regular-season finale, right-hander Clay Buchholz underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherrington said Tuesday that Buchholz dealt with the knee problem the entire season. Buchholz finished the …
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty (3) singles to left center during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 24, 2014. Baltimore Orioles won 9-5.

Portland’s Ryan Flaherty finishes strong for Orioles, eager for playoffs

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:29 a.m.
It’s great to begin the playoffs on a roll. Portland native Ryan Flaherty certainly would have liked to have finished the regular season with a better batting average than .221 but the versatile Baltimore Orioles infielder/outfielder did wind up with four hits in his last 11 at-bats and five in …

Minnesota Twins fire manager Gardenhire after 13 seasons

By Dan Myers, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins, in the midst of the worst four-year span since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961, parted ways with longtime manager Ron Gardenhire Monday. Gardenhire, the 2010 American League Manager of the Year, led the team to 1,068 wins and six American League Central Division …

Sports briefs for Sept. 29, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
Bruins sign Krug, Smith to one-year contracts The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year, $1.4 million contracts on Monday. Krug and Smith had been entry-level free agents. Krug, 23, was second among Bruins defensemen last season with 14 goals and tied for first with …
Former Boston Celtics standout Paul Pierce greets New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) during a ceremony honoring Jeter before the season finale against the Boston Red Sox Sunday at Fenway Park. Looking on are other former Boston greats (from left) Carl Yastrzemski, Rico Petrocelli, Bobby Orr and Troy Brown.

Yanks’ Jeter closes storied career with hit against rival Red Sox

By Larry Fine, Reuters on Sept. 28, 2014, at 9:57 p.m.
BOSTON — Derek Jeter fittingly ended his Major League Baseball career with a hit, chopping a high-hopper and beating it out for a third-inning, RBI-single on Sunday in the last at-bat of a 20-year career with the New York Yankees. Jeter, who strained a hamstring legging out an infield hit …

Local sports results for September 28, 2014

on Sept. 28, 2014, at 9:37 p.m.
Today’s games HIGH SCHOOL Girls Soccer Brewer at Bangor, 6 p.m. Bucksport at Washington Ad., 4 p.m. Dexter at Central, 4 p.m. George Stevens at Sumner, 4 p.m. Hermon at John Bapst, 4 p.m. Highview Chr. at Bangor Christian, 4 p.m. MDI at Ellsworth, 6 p.m. Old Town at Foxcroft, …

Cardinals, Tigers win divisions; MLB playoff matchups set

By Reuters on Sept. 28, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers locked up division titles on Sunday, the last day of the regular season, while the Oakland Athletics earned a wild-card berth into the postseason. The Cardinals secured the top spot in the National League Central when the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the …
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees receives a standing ovation from the crowd at Fenway Park in Boston as he comes up to bat in Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

Fenway fans cheer Jeter, Red Sox’s rout of Yankees

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 27, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
BOSTON — The sellout crowd at Fenway Park on Saturday was there to witness the next-to-last game of Derek Jeter’s distinguished career. Oh, and by the way, there was a game to play. Jeter went 1-for-2 with an infield hit and was injured slightly, and the Boston Red Sox scored …
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) congratulates second baseman Jose Pirela (67) after defeating the Boston Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park in Boston Friday night.

Cervelli, Capuano propel Yanks by Red Sox

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 26, 2014, at 10:41 p.m.
BOSTON — Francisco Cervelli had two hits and drove in a run, former Red Sox left-hander Chris Capuano was solid into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees opened their final series of shortstop Derek Jeter’s career with a 3-2 win over Boston on Friday night. Jeter, playing the …
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) talks with the media before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday.

Derek Jeter out of lineup vs. Red Sox on Friday night

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 26, 2014, at 7:43 p.m.
One night after Derek Jeter played his final game in Yankee Stadium and ended it in glorious fashion with a walk-off single, the New York Yankees shortstop was not in the lineup against the Boston Red Sox. Brendan Ryan was to make the start at shortstop against the Red Sox …

Sports briefs for Sept. 26, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
New England Football League game set Saturday The Twin City Riot from Bangor will play their final New England Football League game of the season on Saturday night when it hosts the New Hampshire Timberwolves (N.H.) at the Winkin Complex Field on the Husson University campus in Bangor. Game time …
Boston Red Sox left fielder Bryce Brentz (73) right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25) and center fielder Rusney Castillo (38) celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

Red Sox rookies rout Rays

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 25, 2014, at 11:24 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox’s talented group of rookies did it to the Tampa Bay Rays again Thursday night at Fenway Park. Starting seven first-year players for the second night in a row, the Red Sox got the first career home runs from catcher Christian Vazquez and center fielder …
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter celebrates after hitting a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning Thursday night at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Jeter drives in winning run in final at-bat at Yankee Stadium

By Dom Amore, The Hartford Courant on Sept. 25, 2014, at 11:02 p.m.
NEW YORK — Derek Jeter had one more ounce of magic in his bat. In his last game at Yankee Stadium, he singled in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run, giving the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Orioles before 48,613 Thursday night. The night went as …
Gage Feeney poses with the moose he shot on Wednesday. The Washington Academy senior has committed to attend the University of Maine to play baseball starting in 2015.

‘I’m really fired up’: Washington Academy pitching standout to join UMaine baseball, bags large moose

By Pete Warner on Sept. 25, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
Gage Feeney has enjoyed an exciting start to the fall season. On Saturday, the senior at Washington Academy in East Machias verbally committed to the University of Maine baseball team as a non-scholarship player for the 2015-2016 season. “I’m really fired up,” Feeney said on Wednesday afternoon. “I always wanted …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Sept. 25, 2014

on Sept. 25, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
BASEBALL AUGUSTA — Central Maine Bobcats travel baseball will hold tryouts for the 2015 season on Oct. 12 and 19. The location and time will be given when participants pre-register with Pete at 462-7913 or Butch at 649-0707. Age groups are 12 years old and up; 13 and up; and …
Boston Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini (70) fouls a ball off of himself during the fourth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 11-2.

Ranaudo settles down, pitches Red Sox past Rays

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 24, 2014, at 11:04 p.m.
BOSTON — Rookie right-hander Anthony Ranaudo ended his season on a high note, overcoming a shaky start and pitching the Boston Red Sox to an 11-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Ranaudo, one of seven rookies to start the game for Boston, gave up two runs …

TV Radio schedule for Oct. 1, 2014

on Sept. 24, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE SAN FRANCISCO at. PITTSBURGH, NL wild card playoff, 8 p.m., ESPN-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) BOXING Hassan N’Dam vs. Curtis Stevens, 9 p.m., ESPN2-TV GOLF Big Break Invitational, day 2, modified stableford, 3 p.m., The Golf Channel Reignwood LPGA Classic, first round, 11 p.m., The Golf Channel …
Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce is tagged out trying to steal second base by Boston second baseman Mookie Betts during the fifth inning at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night.

Zobrist powers Rays past Red Sox

By Ken Powtak, The Sports Xchange on Sept. 23, 2014, at 10:37 p.m.
BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Rays finally solved Clay Buchholz. Ben Zobrist’s two-run double triggered a five-run eighth inning, Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings, and the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2 Tuesday night. Buchholz, the Boston right-hander, took a shutout into the eighth. “Typically we have no …
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