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Blue Jays win 1st series in Bronx in 2 years

Run, Jose - not Reyes: Bautista's steal in 9th sets up winning hit, Blue Jays beat Yanks 5-4
Howie Rumberg, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jose Bautista decided it was time to take charge, not with his bat but with his feet.

The Toronto slugger stole second base without a throw with two outs in the ninth inning and scored when Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single, lifting the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-4 Sunday for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years.

Thomas inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

The Big Hurt has his big day; Frank Thomas inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Frank Thomas, the most accomplished slugger in Chicago White Sox history, has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Feisty Bobby Cox inducted into BB Hall of Fame

Feisty former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox becomes a Hall of Famer
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Bobby Cox, who guided the Atlanta Braves to an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and 15 playoff appearances, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A light-hitting infielder who appeared in 220 games for the New York Yankees in 1968-69, Cox found his niche in the dugout. He retired after the 2010 season with 2,504 victories in 29 seasons, fourth behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and fellow inductee Tony La Russa.

Greg Maddux inducted in baseball Hall of Fame

Greg Maddux achieves baseball immortality with his induction into the Hall of Fame
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Greg Maddux, who won 355 games over a 23-year major league career, has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Nicknamed "Mad Dog," Maddux had stints with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and won four straight Cy Young Awards, leading the NL in innings each season.

Tulowitzki's name bungled in giveaway gaffe

Troy Tulowitzki's name misspelled in Rockies' fan jersey giveaway
The Associated Press

DENVER - Troy Tulowitzki has a tough name to spell, even at his own ballpark.

The Colorado Rockies handed out 15,000 jerseys with the All-Star shortstop's name misspelled in a giveaway gaffe Saturday night at Coors Field.

The second "t'' was missing, so the backs read "Tulowizki."

"Is there something wrong with it?" fan Jordan Deuschleman asked. "I didn't notice with the name being so long."

Giants acquire righty Jake Peavy from Red Sox

Giants acquire right-hander Jake Peavy from Red Sox for 2 minor league pitchers
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a half-game division lead in the NL West against their rival going into Saturday night's middle game at AT&T Park.

Toronto ends 17-game Bronx skid, beats Yanks 6-4

Blue Jays stop 17-game Bronx losing streak, topping Yankees 6-4 behind Johnson's 4 RBIs
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - For nearly two years, the Toronto Blue Jays had walked off the field at Yankee Stadium with losses. Every time.

Dan Johnson's 70-foot infield hit helped the Blue Jays stop their 17-game skid in the Bronx.

Johnson drove in four runs with the seventh-inning single and a three-run homer in the ninth, lifting the Blue Jays over New York 6-4 on Saturday for their first win at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 29, 2012.

Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

Baseball Hall of Fame reduces years player is eligible for election from 15 to 10
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.

The Hall of Fame's board cut a player's eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers' ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Torre, Cox and La Russa manage their way into Hall

A managing trio like no other: Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa entering Hall of Fame
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.

"It's still sort of unbelievable," he said. "Cooperstown was always something way out there. OK, I know where it is. Doesn't mean I'm going there to visit, much less be inducted. I never had a goal of getting to the Hall of Fame."

That's exactly where he's headed Sunday.

Torre will be inducted with fellow former managers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa in what is a banner year for the baseball shrine. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas also will enter.

Ichiro's home run lifts Yankees over Blue Jays 6-4

Suzuki ends HR drought as Yankees top Toronto 6-4 for 17th straight home win over Blue Jays
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Jeter stood on the dugout steps, stone-faced as a statue, when Ichiro Suzuki approached after rounding with the bases with his first home run since last August.

Only when the Japanese star was inches away did the New York Yankees captain crack a wide smile and offer a fist bump.

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