ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-handed reliever John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday for a player to be named.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers with a huge offensive burst to become the American League’s first repeat champion in a decade.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — On the day he pitches, Chris Carpenter can be an ornery cuss. He prowls the mound, barks at hitters, and on at least one occasion has been known to invite a basepath collision.

One of the first things that struck me as I started going through the record books of the Milwaukee Brewers' only other division championship season of 1982 is how strange the final standings must look to fans today.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Narverson was cruising along in the opener of a crucial series against the Philadelphia Phillies before falling apart in the sixth inning.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prince Fielder believes winning as a team brings out the best years of individual players. The Brewers slugger, who is on the doorstep of free agency, is doing both for Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers reliever Kameron Loe should have listened to the coaching staff. Instead, he talked them into letting him pitch for the third time in three games. He regrets that decision now.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Narveson labored through the spring, showing little signs of the pitcher who earned the fifth spot in the starting rotation last year. After two starts, no one for Milwaukee has been better.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Although the Chicago Cubs’ big inning started with a frustrating error in the field, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was counting on his man on the mound to minimize the damage.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prince Fielder says he decided to be stubborn this spring and changed his attitude for the better. He’d stop looking at his early season numbers, which have always been ugly, and has no plans to brood over his stat line.

PHOENIX (AP) — Casey McGehee, Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers thought Roman Colon celebrated a spring training strikeout a little too much.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Boggs and the Milwaukee Brewers jumped all over two candidates for Cincinnati’s rotation while Yovani Gallardo breezed through the Reds’ lineup.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Bert Blyleven arrived in Minnesota for his second stint with the Twins, he joined a team in need of his experience, endurance and sense of humor.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zack Greinke loves the attitude of the Milwaukee Brewers and their willingness to try to reach the postseason immediately.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shaun Marcum learned that he couldn't get by with just throwing without thinking in the loaded AL East. The Brewers' newest starter relies on command, and he will get to see if his efforts work in the National League.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The castoff comes through with another big hit, the rookie delivers again. The slumping slugger emerges at exactly the right time, the guy too banged up to start comes through at the end.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Rangers relievers got quick redemption, and Texas finally has won a postseason game at home for the first time in its 50-season history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Yankees in the field and Hunter Wendelstedt behind the plate. Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hasn’t had any luck against either of them.

MINNEAPOLIS — In their pantheon of playoff failures, the Twins have never given themselves less reason for hope two games into a series, have never before flown to New York facing elimination in the graveyard of dreams that is Yankee Stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins are down 2-0 in a Division Series and headed for another fast departure from the postseason. New York’s 5-2 victory was not a surprise when you consider the elements in place Thursday night at Target Field:

CINCINNATI (AP) - Aaron Harang's voice wavered. He paused and dabbed a tear from his left eye, then reached across his face and cleared the right one as well.

HOUSTON (AP) — When Houston starter Bud Norris took a line drive off the shin on the first pitch of the game, he thought his night was over.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gerald Laird hit a solo home run in the 13th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Denard Span delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, emergency starter Matt Fox pitched 5 2-3 innings in his major league debut, and the depleted Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday night.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rod Barajas figured something big was going on when he caught a glimpse of Tommy Lasorda sitting nearby. Lasorda and other luminaries were there to honor baseball commissioner Bud Selig, but the new Dodgers catcher was nervous long before that.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Lorenzo Cain stood in the middle of the clubhouse watching television with an awe-struck look on his face. The images engrossing him? Highlights of the rookie's big day.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Prince Fielder hit a two-run single in the ninth inning, capping Milwaukee's four-run rally and giving the Brewers a wild 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

CHICAGO (AP) - Prince Fielder drove in five runs and had five of Milwaukee's season-high 26 hits and Yovani Gallardo tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts as the Brewers pounded the Chicago Cubs 18-1 on Monday night.