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NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting on Alex Cora’s desk in the visiting manager’s office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him.After waiting a few days Bobby Jenks Jersey , the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx.Mookie Betts and the Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.“It feels good, man. We’re not going to hide it,” said Cora, the rookie manager of the Red Sox. “We’re going to celebrate. We’re going to enjoy it. This is a tough division. That team we just played, they’re amazing.”Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as Boston overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tying home run in the seventh and Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead with a sacrifice fly.With a playoff berth already secured, Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games to spare. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox, alone in first place since July 2, will open the postseason at home in Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.“We haven’t won what we want to win yet,” Betts said in a champagne-soaked clubhouse.Never before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row . The club needs one victory to match the franchise record held by the 1912 World Series champions.Boston entered the three-game series needing a single victory to lock up its fourth AL East title in six years, but the second-place Yankees put the party on hold with two straight wins.On their third try, the Red Sox earned a chance to celebrate at Yankee Stadium.“To be able to do it here — obviously we know the history,” Cora said. “It feels great.”Craig Kimbrel whiffed a slumping Stanton for the final out, and the Red Sox strolled toward the mound to give each other hugs and high-fives in a muted celebration. They walked off the field and headed inside to cheers from Boston fans behind the third base dugout. Inside a clubhouse dotted with discarded corks and lined in protective plastic http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-michael-jordan-jersey , players wearing goggles and AL East championship gear sprayed bubbly, drank beer, posed for photos and reveled in the moment for about 30 minutes or so before packing up and heading to Cleveland.Two years ago, in David Ortiz’s final season, the Red Sox celebrated in the visitors’ clubhouse at Yankee Stadium after wrapping up the division crown in New York. But that came in the wake of a loss — after Mark Teixeira’s game-ending grand slam gave the Yankees a comeback win.“Kind of a stab in the heart,” Betts recalled.About 30 minutes earlier, the Red Sox had clinched when Toronto lost to Baltimore. So they went ahead and celebrated their season accomplishment with a booze-filled fiesta.This time, they did it in style from start to finish.“This is just the first step,” outfielder Andrew Benintendi said. “We came into the year expecting to win. We knew what kind of team we had.”After starter Eduardo Rodriguez walked a career-high seven in 3 2/3 innings, knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-1) worked three shutout innings for the win. Brock Holt also homered for the Red Sox, and Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 124 in a game that took 4 hours, 2 minutes.“They just kind of weren’t going to be denied today,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.New York’s lead for the top AL wild card was trimmed to 1½ games over Oakland, which routed the Angels 21-3. The Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three over Tampa Bay.A win in the wild-card game would likely give the Yankees another shot at Boston in a best-of-five Division Series.Boston’s magic number is two over Houston to clinch the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.“They’ve had a solid year. You can’t deny that,” Stanton said. “You never want it to be here that they get it. We gave it what we got. They can celebrate now. We’ve got time to celebrate later.”Betts, a top contender for AL MVP Carlton Fisk Jersey , opened the game with a double off the left-field fence against Masahiro Tanaka and scored on Martinez’s single. Betts added a two-run single in the second, then doubled and scored in the fifth.Bradley tied it 6-all with a leadoff homer in the seventh against Chad Green (8-3). Christian Vazquez singled, and Boston loaded the bases before Bogaerts delivered his sacrifice fly. Another run scored on the play when center fielder Aaron Hicks was charged with a throwing error.Betts launched his 30th home run in the eighth, a three-run shot off All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, who was activated from the disabled list Wednesday.POWER SUPPLYLuke Voit hit an early two-run homer, giving the Yankees a major league-record 12 players with at least 10 home runs this season. Stanton’s seventh career slam left New York with 247 homers, breaking the franchise mark of 245 set in 2012.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez (left hamstring) sat out and probably won’t play this weekend in Cleveland, Cora said. Nunez exited Wednesday night’s game in the ninth inning after legging out an infield single. … RHP Matt Barnes was available out of the bullpen for the first time in weeks. Barnes hasn’t pitched since Sept. 3 because of left hip inflammation. Cora said he wouldn’t put Barnes in a high-leverage situation right away. … Betts was the DH again but will return to the outfield this weekend, according to Cora. Betts sat out Tuesday after tweaking his left side two days earlier. He was the DH on Wednesday. … RHP Austin Maddox had rotator cuff surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles. Expected recovery time is about a year, the team said.Yankees: Chapman also gave up a hit and a walk in his first outing since Aug. 21. He had been out with left knee tendinitis.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 1.92 ERA) is expected to throw about 65 pitches Friday night at Cleveland as he builds back up after missing time with a shoulder issue. All-Star RHP Trevor Bauer (12-6, 2.22) returns to the mound for the AL Central champion Indians in a potential playoff preview. Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive Aug. 11. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Bauer will go a “couple of innings” before giving way to rookie Shane Bieber.Yankees: CC Sabathia (7-7, 3.80 ERA) pitches Friday night at home against rookie RHP Yefry Ramirez (1-6, 5.50) and the last-place Orioles. Sabathia was tagged for five runs and seven hits over 2 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to Toronto. He has one win in his last 11 starts. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The power went out for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but not their luck.Justin Turner blooped an RBI double to drive in Matt Kemp from second base on the first pitch after a 20-minute power outage in the 12th inning, giving the Dodgers an odd 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.“That http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-abreu-jersey ,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, “was a weird one.”Manny Machado and Max Muncy each hit their 30th home run of the season, and the Dodgers overcame a third consecutive blown save by All-Star closer Kenley Jansen after Clayton Kershaw threw eight strong innings.The power went out in the 12th with Kemp standing at second base and one out.When play resumed, Turner blooped the first pitch from rookie reliever Robert Stock (0-1) into no-man’s land in right field. The ball fell between three defenders.Kemp hadn’t drifted far from second, uncertain whether the ball would be caught. But when it dropped, he rounded third and scored without a play.After the game, the Dodgers released a statement saying the outage was due to “a disruption in the city’s power feed” to the ballpark.For the Padres, it was their fourth straight loss.“It’s tough to lose on that fluky hit to right,” manager Andy Green said. “It’s been a tough year for us — it’s no secret. We know where we are in this process.”Dodgers rookie Caleb Ferguson (4-2) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.Machado’s three-run homer in the first and Muncy’s solo shot in the seventh had the Dodgers leading 4-3 entering the ninth. San Diego had scored on a solo homer from Franmil Reyes, an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and an unearned run on Eric Hosmer’s groundout.All that came before Austin Hedges connected for his 11th home run of the season against Jansen, who has coughed up the lead three straight times since returning from a stint on the disabled list due to an irregular heartbeat.In blowing three consecutive saves, Jansen has allowed four home runs.LIGHTS OUTIt was the second time this season the power went out at Dodger Stadium. This time it came later in the night, and for a few seconds the stadium was completely black.“Honestly, I’ve never really seen it that dark before,” said San Diego’s Wil Myers. “It was pitch-black. I couldn’t see anything. I didn’t know what was going on but didn’t want to think the worst right away.”JANSEN’S WOESRoberts said he would give the struggling Jansen the day off Sunday in hopes that, coupled with Monday’s off day Melky Cabrera Jersey , it would provide him a mental break.“I’m fine. I don’t need a mental break,” Jansen said. “I just have to figure out some stuff and sharpen up.”Kershaw said he thinks Jansen is close to returning to form.“We all believe in him,” Kershaw said. “He’s not far off.“The velocity is there, the cut is there. It’s just a matter of time.”TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LHP Eric Lauer (strained forearm) threw 61 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Friday and is moving closer to rejoining the team. Green said Lauer’s fastball got up to 95 mph. “And it had some jump on it,” Green said. “All the secondary (pitches) had sharpness. We’re moving closer to activating him.”Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (back) threw to hitters and is expected to be activated Tuesday. … OF Joc Pederson was out of the starting lineup with a bruised and strained left knee after fouling off a pitch Friday. He did pinch-hit in the ninth and Roberts said Pederson is scheduled to start Tuesday. … LHP Julio Urias, scheduled to be a Sept. 1 call-up, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga. To make room for him, RHP Josh Fields (shoulder inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day DL.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.46 ERA) is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive start after spending most of the season as a reliever. He was 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA as a reliever. In his last four starts, he’s gone 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.27) will make his third start since coming off the DL after being sidelined by a groin tear. In 10 innings during his first two starts back, he has allowed three runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk.

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