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Tanaka, Jeter lead Yankees over Blue Jays 5-2

Tanaka, returning from elbow injury, and rejuvenated Jeter lead Yankees over Blue Jays 5-2
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Masahiro Tanaka started Jose Reyes with a 92 mph fastball, his first major league pitch since July 8. He threw 70 pitches in all and didn't feel any pain in the right elbow that had sidelined him for 2 1/2 months.

"Obviously, I'm very relieved," Tanaka said through a translator after leading the Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday before a boisterous sellout crowd of 48,144 on a grey, overcast afternoon.

Bautista, Stroman, Jays end 6-game skid, top Yanks

Bautista HR, Stroman pitches 6 gritty innings as Blue Jays end 6-game skid, beat Yankees 6-3
Howie Rumberg, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Jeter's farewell tour. Family and friends in the stands. On the fringes of a playoff race.

Marcus Stroman was making dream start, and it sure had a happy ending.

Stroman pitched six gritty innings, Jose Bautista hit his eighth homer of the year against New York and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst six-game skid to beat the Yankees 6-3 Saturday and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

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.

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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