MILWAUKEE — Jason Heyward went deep twice for his first multihomer game in a Cubs uniform, Cole Hamels grinded through six solid innings and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-8 on Saturday night to end a six-game skid.

CINCINNATI — Freddy Peralta threw the ball past the free-swinging Reds or got them to hit it into the air harmlessly. The 22-year-old right-hander had a career day and provided the Brewers with yet another close-as-it-gets win.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins hired the youngest manager in the major leagues. They remade the right side of the infield. There will be a new closer, too, should rookie skipper Rocco Baldelli decide to designate a particular reliever for ninth-inning duty.

The Baltimore Colts eliminate the Packers from the playoffs with a 16-3 decision as QB Zeke Bratkowski is limited to 113 yards passing. Green Bay closes a 6-7-1 season on a high note with a 28-27 win over the Bears as Don Horn, called the quarterback of the future, throws two touchdown passe…

The Twins Winter Caravan Tour will stop at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie. Kyle Gibson, Caleb Thielbar, Tony Oliva and Cory Provus will be on hand to meet with fans and sign autographs.

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.