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Ellsbury, Jeter, Yankees again beat Buehrle, Jays

Ellsbury, Jeter, Yankees again beat Buehrle, hand Toronto season-worst 6th straight loss, 5-3
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - From the get-go, Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter showed Mark Buehrle that it would be another no-go against the New York Yankees.

Ellsbury lined a leadoff double to the wall, Jeter followed with a hard single and the Yankees beat Buehrle for the 12th straight time over a decade-plus, sending Toronto to its season-worst sixth straight loss, 5-3 Friday night.

Jeter homers as Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-2

The final homestand: Jeter's 1st Yankee Stadium homer in 14 months helps beat Blue Jays 3-2
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey's fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months.

With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion.

Pearce hits 2 HRs as champion Orioles beat Toronto

Pearce hits 2 HRs, Lough also goes deep as AL champion Orioles beat Blue Jays 6-1 for sweep
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles had every right to experience a letdown just one night after clinching their first AL East title in 17 years.

It would have made perfect sense, except that the players — and Steve Pearce, in particular — are simply having too much fun.

Pearce homered twice and drove in four runs as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Toronto RHP Stroman suspended 6 games, will appeal

Blue Jays rookie Stroman suspended 6 games for pitch at Joseph's head, appeals penalty
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is appealing his six-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed for throwing at the head of a Baltimore hitter.

MLB penalized Stroman on Wednesday and also fined the 23-year-old rookie an undisclosed amount.

The suspension had been set to start on Wednesday night when the Blue Jays played at Baltimore. Because Stroman is appealing, no penalty will take effect until there is a resolution.

Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays

Orioles beat Blue Jays 8-2 to clinch AL East title for first time in 17 years
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create.

The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a long overdue celebration in the Baltimore clubhouse.

Orioles beat Blue Jays 5-2, near AL East title

Orioles poised to clinch AL East crown after Chen secures 16th win in 5-2 win over Blue Jays
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - It's time for the Baltimore Orioles to put the champagne on ice.

The Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night.

Baltimore can clinch the division crown with a win over Toronto on Tuesday. That would assure the Orioles their second playoff berth in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB

Phillies closer Jonathon Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB after making contact with umpire
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.

Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

New Miss America hits the Atlantic City surf

Miss America follows predecessors and poses on Atlantic City beach
Wayne Parry, The Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The new Miss America followed in the footsteps of her predecessors and posed for pictures in the Atlantic City surf.

Kira Kazantsev of New York celebrated Monday, one day after winning Sunday night's pageant with the help of a red plastic cup.

WS star Frank Torre, Joe's brother, dies at 82

Former World Series star Frank Torre, Joe's older brother, dies at 82
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Frank Torre, the World Series star who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

The Major League Baseball commissioner's office said Torre died Saturday at a hospice in Palm Beach, Florida. He had previously received heart and kidney transplants, and had been ill in recent years with cancer.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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