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October 4, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homered as the New York Yankees thumped the Oakland Athletics, 7-2 to win the American League Wild-Card game in the Bronx. Judge put the Yanks ahead with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first and Luke Voit tripled home a pair in a four-run sixth. The Yanks advanced to the AL Division Series and will take on the Boston Red Sox beginning Friday at Fenway Park.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs infielder Addison Russell has accepted a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ban and said MLB had completed its investigation into the accusations made by Melisa Reidy. The punishment includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have fired Buck Showalter after eight-plus seasons and a 669-684 record. Showalter led the club to three playoff appearances after taking over in August 2010, but the front office felt a change in the dugout was necessary after the Birds went 47-115 and finished 61 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox. The club also dismissed executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals lifted their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters before Evgeni Kuznetsov (ehv-GEH’-nee kooz-NEHT’-sahv) scored twice in a 7-0 blasting of the Boston Bruins. T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) put the defending champs ahead to stay just 24 seconds into the game. Nicklas Backstrom set up three goals and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) had a goal and one assist to support Braden Holtby’s 33rd career shutout.

TORONTO (AP) — John Tavares scored in his Toronto Maple Leafs debut and Auston Matthews tallied twice in a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens. Matthews ended the game by scoring 61 seconds into the extra session after scoring a power-play goal in the opening period. Max Domi (DOH’-mee) had two assists in his first game with the Canadiens.

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