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
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.