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Royals rally past A's in 12, Angels next

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.

Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a 9-8 victory Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.

Quite a start to October baseball - even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A's lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

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AL Batting Average
Rank Name  BA
1 J. Altuve, Hou.341
2 V. Martinez, Det.335
3 M. Brantley, Cle.327
4 A. Beltre, Tex.324
5 J. Abreu, CWS.317
6 R. Cano, Sea.314
7 M. Cabrera, Det.313
8 L. Cain, KC.301
9 M. Cabrera, Tor.301
10 A. Eaton, CWS.300
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AL Home Runs
Rank Name  HR
1 N. Cruz, Bal40
2 C. Carter, Hou37
3t J. Abreu, CWS36
3t M. Trout, LAA36
5t J. Bautista, Tor35
5t D. Ortiz, Bos35
7 E. Encarnacion, Tor34
8 V. Martinez, Det32
9t J. Donaldson, Oak29
9t A. Jones, Bal29
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AL Runs Batted In
Rank Name  RBI
1 M. Trout, LAA111
2 M. Cabrera, Det109
3 N. Cruz, Bal108
4 J. Abreu, CWS107
5 A. Pujols, LAA105
6 D. Ortiz, Bos104
7t J. Bautista, Tor103
7t V. Martinez, Det103
9 Y. Cespedes, Bos100
10t J. Donaldson, Oak98
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