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MLB Highlights: Athletics beats Yanks in 18 for sweep

Cubs center fielder David DeJesus had the ball glance off his glove, allowing a run to score in the sixth inning Thursday.
Cubs center fielder David DeJesus had the ball glance off his glove, allowing a run to score in the sixth inning Thursday. MCT

Athletics 3, Yankees 2 (18 innings): Nate Freiman singled home the winning run, ending a 5-hour, 35-minute game in the 18th inning against Mariano Rivera and lifting host Oakland to a three-game sweep. Moments before, Rivera issued just the 39th intentional walk of his 19-year career, to Jed Lowrie.

Oakland became the first American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since the A's and Washington did so in 1971.

Cardinals 2, Mets 1: Adam Wainwright became the season's first 10-game winner by pitching seven scoreless innings, sending Matt Harvey to his first loss of the season. Wainwright (10-3) retired his first 11 batters before David Wright's single and allowed four hits with six strikeouts and two walks. He matched his career best by winning his fifth straight start, dropped his ERA to 2.18 and got his 1,000th career strikeout.

Royals 10, Rays 1: Elliot Johnson smacked a three-run homer for his second hit in the eight-run sixth inning. Johnson, who was traded to Kansas City by the Rays in February, led off the big inning with a single and chased Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) with his second homer of the season. Both came against Tampa Bay.

NOTES

Yankees: Derek Jeter has been medically cleared to resume full baseball activities and running on his surgically repaired left ankle. The 13-time All-Star hasn't played this season after breaking his left ankle in the playoffs last fall and having surgery. Jeter sustained another fracture during his rehabilitation. He isn't expected back until after the All-Star break in mid-July.

Australia: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will bring their thunder Down Under. Major League Baseball will open the 2014 regular season in Australia, with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks playing a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The matchups March 22-23 mark baseball's first games in Australia that count.

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