Day 2 of baseball's playoffs...Top seeds advance in Beijing...Vettel right at home in Japan


UNDATED (AP) — With the wild-card games out of the way, the American and National League begin best-of-five divisional playoffs later today. Oakland is at Detroit for Game 1 of the ALDS before Cincinnati visits San Francisco for the NLDS opener.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 in yesterday's winner-take-all NL wild card game and will host Washington tomorrow for Game 1 of their NLDS. The New York Yankees open ALDS play tomorrow at Baltimore following the Orioles' 5-1 victory over the Rangers that eliminated the two-time defending league champions from postseason play.

UNDATED (AP) — Today's Top 25 football schedule is getting off to a slow start, with just three ranked teams in early action (noon Eastern). Seventh-ranked Kansas State is hosting Kansas, No. 22 Rutgers is home to Connecticut and 24th-ranked Northwestern is on the road against Penn State.

BEIJING (AP) — The top two seeds will meet in the women's final of the China Open. World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) and second-ranked Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) won their semifinal matches in straight sets. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) were the winners in today's men's semifinals in Beijing.

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Sebastian Vettel won today's qualifying for tomorrow's Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. This will be the fourth straight time Vettel has started on the pole at Suzaka. He's won twice.

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