You messed with the wrong group of fans, Jose Bautista. The fans who make up the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium are a passionate bunch, and there’s no doubt they’re a little extra surly this September with the Yankees heading for an early vacation and Derek Jeter headed for retirement. That thought probably didn’t cross Bautista’s mind on Saturday afternoon when he playfully pump-faked and teased a souvenir toss after catching the final out of an inning during Toronto’s 6-3 victory. Naturally, the fans all took the bait, thinking Bautista was being a nice guy — which he often is — but their collective disappointment was immediately clear as every arm dropped faster than Masahiro Tanaka’s best splitter. A few of those arms probably reappeared with a message for Bautista, but thankfully the cameras didn’t pick that up. Besides, they had a better way to get even anyway, and that opportunity would actually before the next defensive inning. Knowing he’d made a few enemies, Bautista attempted to right the wrong following his pre-inning warmup tosses by actually throwing a ball into the stands. This time, though, the fans weren’t interested. It’s their ballpark, after all, and Bautista’s welcome was worn out. The fan who caught the ball showed it off, ignored the Blue Jays fan who somehow got tickets in right field, and then quickly fired it back in Bautista’s direction.

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Buck Showalter did a masterful job of guiding the Baltimore Orioles to the AL East crown, and now he’s resting his players in the days leading up to the postseason. Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and the Orioles received another steady performance from right-hander Chris Tillman in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Jones was coming off two straight days off and Tillman was pitching with an extra day of rest. Not only that, but Showalter rested Steve Pearce and Nick Markakis, who probably would have played if the games were particularly meaningful.

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Whether they’re winning the World Series or stuck in last place, the Boston Red Sox can almost always count on getting the best out of David Ortiz. Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Friday night. Although the AL East-champion Orioles are still in the running for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, manager Buck Showalter rested several regulars, including Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis. The Red Sox, who reside at the opposite end of the AL East standings, long ago stopped playing meaningful games.

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The biggest series in nearly 30 years at Kauffman got off to a very disappointing start for the home-standing Royals. Before the 37.945 fans had a chance to settle in, Detroit struck for three first-inning runs, including an RBI double from Miguel Cabrera that was horribly misjudged by left fielder Alex Gordon. With a locked-in Justin Verlander on the hill, they never looked back, cruising to a big 10-1 victory . ”We just went out there and did what we’re capable of doing,” Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter said. ”But there are no statements. Our intent is just to play the game.” The Tigers have been in this position before, so their mindset isn’t surprising. Yet they definitely looked like the hungrier team, at least for one night. Every batter in Detroit’s order had a hit before the fourth inning. Ian Kinsler paced the 19-hit attack with three hits and three RBIs. He doubled home Detroit’s fifth inning run and later capped the scoring with a two-run homer. Victor and J.D. Martinez both remained hot, combining to go 5 for 10 with three runs scored. It was an all around shellacking, but Royals skipper Ned Yost doesn’t seem concerned by the result.  ”There’s no carry-over,” Yost said. ”They whipped us, they beat us, they spanked us, whatever you want to say. We’ll show up again tomorrow and be ready to play.” And we’ll be ready to watch. Saturday’s matchup should be a dandy with Max Scherzer set to face James “Big Game” Shields.  OAKLAND WINS BEHIND JON LESTER: It wasn’t much of a breakout, but it was enough. The A’s offense scored three runs in the second inning on consecutive RBIs from Derek Norris, Eric Sogard and Coco Crisp, and then rode their pitching to the finish line in a 3-1 win .  Starter Jon Lester went seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out seven. Ryan Howard got him for a solo homer in the fourth, but Philadelphia never truly threatened to turn the game around. Luke Gregorson handled the eighth, and then closer Sean Doolittle, who imploded against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, bounced back with a perfect ninth to seal it.  With the win, Oakland regained the lead in the wild-card by one-half game over Kansas City. As for the Mariners… SEATTLE’S FOUR HOMERS SINK HOUSTON :

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The Boston Red Sox put runners at the corners with nobody out in the ninth inning Thursday night, and with Will Middlebrooks batting, they appeared to be in great shape to tie the score or even go ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. A rare moment of success, in a last-place season full of disappointments, was at hand. Middlebrooks even came through with an infield single. It was about the worst thing he could have done. Middlebrooks hit a ground ball that bounced up the third-base line and hit teammate Jemile Weeks in the back, while he was in fair territory and before he could get back to the bag.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — It might be way too early to call the Pittsburgh Pirates a team of destiny. But after what manager Clint Hurdle witnessed Thursday night, he had to stop and wonder.

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DENVER (AP) — Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey award in recognition of his community work with pediatric cancer patients.

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There used to be a time – any year really between 1993-2012 – when reaching 81 wins would be cause for celebration for the Pittsburgh Pirates. These days the certainty of a non-losing season is nothing more than a speed bump on Pittsburgh’s resilient quest for a playoff berth. Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis all homered and the Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Wednesday night to maintain their grip on the second National League wild card spot. Polanco and Walker hit solo shots off Boston starter Clay Buchholz (8-9) and Davis drilled a three-run blast to center off reliever Steven Wright.

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There’s so little time left to make up ground in saves and steals, but there are options for you nonetheless.

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The Baltimore Orioles are AL East champions for the first time since 1997, and they marked the occasion with a celebration that lasted long after the final out of their clinching 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. ”There are some great moments in your life,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”This ranks right up there.” Showalter arrived in 2010, in the midst of Baltimore’s 13th consecutive losing season. The Orioles lost 93 games in 2011, then broke the franchise-record run of futility by going 93-69 in 2012 to make the postseason as a wild card.

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