Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit two homers, powering the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 14-2 on a raucous Wednesday night in the Bronx for their 13th A.L. East title in 17 years.

In front of fans poised to party from the first pitch, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Red Sox to win their second consecutive division crown. The championship was locked up by the seventh inning, when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay went final.

Cano tied a career high with six RBIs as New York secured home-field advantage throughout the A.L. playoffs. The Yankees will open on the road Sunday against the winner of Friday's wild-card game between Baltimore and Texas.

"Now the real season starts," Derek Jeter said.

Nationals: Washington secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 for its majors-high 98th victory, with Ryan Zimmerman homering moments after the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the Presidents Race at Nationals Park for the first time.

By winning their regular-season finale, the Nationals clinched top seeding for the N.L. playoffs and will open on the road Sunday at the winner of Friday's wild-card game between Atlanta and St. Louis.

Teddy had lost more than 500 times since 2006, when the Nationals began holding races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln at home games.


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Nationals manager Davey Johnson missed the end of the game because of numbness in his left leg that was traced to pinched nerves in his back.

Rangers: Manager Ron Washington announced before the game against the A's that Yu Darvish will start Texas' first playoff game. With the Rangers' loss, they will play in the wild-card game Friday against Baltimore.

Blue Jays: The team honored retiring infielder Omar Vizquel by having him throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season finale against Minnesota. The three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove winner, who played for the Giants from 2005-08, has said he intends to retire after a 24-year career.

Vizquel, 45, started the game and was replaced with two outs in the ninth, leaving to a standing ovation, hugging his teammates, doffing his cap and tapping his heart to show his appreciation.

Phillies: The team announced that it fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.

Dodgers: Slugger Matt Kemp says he'll undergo surgery on his left shoulder Friday. Kemp has a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Indians: Terry Francona will interview Friday with the club, which fired Manny Acta as manager last week.