Division Series: Faces Are Familiar, but the Landscape Has Changed

All four series feature division rivals facing off, but the packed schedule means regular-season tactics might not cut it.

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Oakland Get a Playoff Shot at the Astros

The A’s got their first postseason series victory since 2006, and they will now face a Houston team that has become their nemesis.

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Pandemic, Unrest, Fires? An M.L.B. Rookie Still Smashes Home Runs

Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners is a top contender for the American League Rookie of the Year Award in a shortened season upended by postponements and delays.

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A’s Mike Fiers Has Moved On From Astros Cheating Scandal

Fiers revealed the cheating scheme by the Houston Astros, his former club, but he has fended off attention ever since. “He wants the game to be straightaway,” his father said.

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As Money Squabbles Delay M.L.B., Many Workers ‘Just Get Steam-Rolled’

Without a union or safety net, scores of minor league players, stadium workers and club employees have borne the financial pain of the suspended M.L.B. season.

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