Toronto Blue Jays win first AL East crown since 1993

The last 22 years have been a string of frustrating seasons, particularly in the last few. “I’ve done my part, and so has everybody else on this team”.

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Mark Buehrle gets wet by LaTroy Hawkins. The Blue Jays are a game up on the Kansas City Royals for best record in the American League, and home-field advantage for the whole playoffs.

Toronto entered the doubleheader needing only one victory to eliminate the New York Yankees and claim the title for the first time since 1993.

A strong bullpen takes pressure off of the starters and allows manager John Gibbons to give his relievers favorable match-ups. “I don’t care if you’re American or you’re a Japanese guy, it doesn’t matter”.

The Yankees can clinch a Wild Card spot on Wednesday night if they win and any two of the following happen: Twins lose, Astros lose, Rangers lose, or Angels lose.

“I don’t find it offensive”, Bush said in a taped interview to air on Friday on the Sirius XM radio show “The Arena”.

“It still feels like a dream, to be honest with you“, said Stroman.

He got third baseman Josh Donaldson from the A’s and signed catcher Russell Martin in the winter and then brought in players like left-hander David Price, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Ben Revere around the trading deadline.

“We didn’t even look that far”. He said in a phone interview he thought specifically of Dewji, wondering if his web designer friend would pick up on it.

The Blue Jays have without a doubt been heat since returning from a six-game West Coast swing at 50-50 on July 26.

On the defensive end, Marcus Stroman improved to 4-0 on the year after the 24-year-old missed the majority of the season at the hands of a torn ACL.

Stroman (4-0) gave up one run and five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

In typical Blue Jays fashion, the most productive lineup in baseball led the way by tormenting opposing pitching. Joe Carter’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning – and his subsequent joyous leaps around the bases as the crowd roared – remains one of Toronto’s fondest and most glorious sports moments. “We didn’t win the fight, but we’ve got to come back (in Texas) and we’ve got to win every game”.

The Cardinals could clinch their third successive division title in the second game. The joy in the champagne-soaked clubhouse and on the field was overflowing amid chants of “Bush Party”.

“Obviously that was the turning point on paper”, said Dickey.

When the parents of the child didn’t immediately come forward, Price took to Twitter to help locate the boy and his friend, eventually sending both of them brand-new Price jerseys.

Home-field throughout the playoffs is within reach, too. With five games remaining on the schedule, the Jays have scored 872 runs (averaging 5.56 per game), 126 more than the next closest team.

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“When it comes to the Blue Jays, we’ve been around a long time, we’ve been the only Canadian team now for quite a while and I just think our fan base is incredible to see”, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

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