AL wild-card | Royals 9, A’s 8 (12 innings)

Royals beat Jon Lester to advance to ALDS

The Royals chipped away at Oakland starter Jon Lester, who allowed six runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

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Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, giving the long-suffering Royals a 9-8 victory.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, left, and general manager Ben Cherington have big decisions to make about their roster.

Which free agents fit the Red Sox’ needs?

The Red Sox need at least two starting pitchers and, ideally, a third baseman and catcher who bat lefthanded.

Red Sox pack up after lost season, in stark contrast to 2013

A team that flourished in 2013 because of its depth and chemistry lacked talent and focus this season.

Red Sox ticket prices going up and down for 2015

Prices for higher-demand games will increase, while those for lower-demand games will drop.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Ben Cherington out to rebuild core, establish consistency

The goal is to get the Red Sox back to being a perennial 90-win team that will take its chances in the postseason.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Clay Buchholz to have knee surgery

The knee injury didn’t prevent Buchholz from pitching this season, in which he made 28 starts.

Past Red Sox games

Chris Young scored in the seventh inning on a double by Jose Pirela.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 5

Red Sox end season on a losing note

The Red Sox won the ceremony, as they so often do. But then as they so often did during this sidetracked season, the Sox then lost the game.