Sept. 28 was a dramatic night in baseball, with come-from-behind wins and fights to the finish. The four winning teams go on to the postseason playoffs, and the two victorious clubs of those matchups will duke it out in the World Series. Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (r.) tags out Atlanta Braves' Dan Uggla, who tried to score on a Jack Wilson base hit in the sixth inning in Atlanta on Sept. 28. John Bazemore/AP
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence drives in the go-ahead run with a base hit in the 13th inning against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta on Sept. 28. John Bazemore/AP
Atlanta Braves (from l.) Cristhian Martinez, Alex Gonzalez, and Martin Pardo sit on the bench after the Braves' 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 13 innings in Atlanta on Sept. 28. John Bazemore/AP
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (l.) throws to Houston Astros' Clint Barmes during the third inning in Houston on Sept. 28. David J. Phillip/AP
St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig (21) rounds the bases in front of Houston Astros third baseman Jimmy Paredes on a solo home run in the ninth inning in Houston on Sept. 28. Pat Sullivan/AP
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (r.) and pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrate the Cardinals' 8-0 win over the Houston Astros in Houston on Sept. 28. Pat Sullivan/AP
Baltimore Orioles' Nolan Reimold slides into home plate next to Boston Red Sox's Ryan Lavarnway to score the winning run in the ninth inning in Baltimore on Sept. 28. Patrick Semansky/AP
Members of the Baltimore Orioles surround teammate Nolan Reimold (14) after he scored the winning run in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Baltimore on Sept. 28. Baltimore won 4-3. Patrick Semansky/AP
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon walks out of the dugout after the Red Sox's 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore on Sept. 28. Patrick Semansky/AP
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (l.) takes relief pitcher George Kontos (second r.) out of the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning as shortstop Derek Jeter (second l.), and first baseman Mark Teixeira (r.) watch in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sept. 28. Chris O'Meara/AP
Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria hits a 12th-inning home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Scott Proctor in St. Petersburg, Fla., early on Sept. 29. Mike Carlson/AP
Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria (l.) runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the New York Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sept. 28. The Rays won the game 8-7 and clinched the AL wild card. Steve Nesius/Reuters
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.