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BASEBALL IS BACK IN CANADA. CONGRATS TORONTO BLUE JAYS! 2015 'AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST' (AL) CHAMP ONCE AGAIN


LOGO COURTESY OF ONDECKCIRCLE.PROBOARDS.COM The Blue Jays maintain their perch atop the World Series betting odds at 4/1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. 


HEADLINER: A LOOKBACK AT THE OTHER 5 BLUE JAYS 'AL' EAST TITLES


The 2015 Toronto Blue Jays claimed the AL East title for the sixth time Wednesday Sept 30. A look back at the other years the team clinched the title. READ MORE CAPTIONED PHOTOS, SINCE 1985 WIN OVER THE YANKEES...

ALSO: THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB) 2015 WORLD SERIES


The 2015 World Series will be the 111th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champions and the American League (AL) champions.
The start date is October 27, with Game 7 (if necessary) scheduled for November 4. If Game 5 is necessary, since it is played on November 1, it will be the first time since 2010 that a World Series game is played in November. The American League champion will have home field advantage for the series because of the American League's 6–3 victory in the All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 14. This is the 14th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game. The series will be played in a 2-3-2 format (Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 at the ballpark of the American League Champion; while the National League champion will host Games 3, 4, and 5). In the United States, the series will be televised on Fox and broadcast by ESPN Radio. In Canada, the series will be broadcast on Sportsnet. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO GoJaysGo!: Blue Jays clinch AL East with 15-2 win over Orioles


Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, right, celebrates with catcher Russell Martin, second from left, and teammate Chris Colabello after closing out the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Toronto won 15-2 to clinch the American League East. AP Photo /Patrick Semansky/ eapcontent.ap.org
BALTIMORE (AP) — Champagne and beer was spraying everywhere. Cigars were lit, and laughter filled the clubhouse. It had been 22 years since the Toronto Blue Jays won the AL East, and they celebrated the occasion with the appropriate fanfare. Wearing shirts that read "The East Is Ours," the Blue Jays yelled and screamed with delight in an appropriate conclusion to their unstoppable, two-month run. With a 15-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in the opener of a doubleheader, Toronto eliminated the New York Yankees from the division race and claimed its first title since 1993. The suspense ended quickly as the Blue Jays built a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning before adding four unearned runs in the fifth. "It's the ultimate right now," manager John Gibbons said. "To be honest, we think we have more ahead of us. It was a big hurdle to get over. It's been so damn long. But I am proud of our guys from Day One. They just compete. That all we ask. That's what happens when you have a lot of talent and they get after it every night." The Blue Jays waited so long for this, there were two celebrations. After the first game, the players whooped and hollered and hugged around the mound. Because there was a another game to be played, the alcohol and cigars were put off until after the nightcap, which the Orioles won 8-1 against Toronto's reserves. In the opener, Marcus Stroman (4-0) allowed one run and five hits with eight strikeouts in his fourth start since returning from left knee surgery. Jose Bautista hit his 40th home run, Edwin Encarnacion delivered No. 37 and Justin Smoak also connected for Toronto. Ryan Goins had a career-high five hits to help the Blue Jays win their sixth straight. Toronto was fourth in the AL East on the morning of July 29 with a 50-51 record, eight games behind the Yankees. But boosted by the acquisitions of David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe, the Blue Jays won 42 of their next 56 games, outscoring opponents 342-200.
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ALSO: MGM to host Pacquiao’s comeback fight
[The earliest Pacquiao can return to the ring is late February but signs point to the fighting congressman making his ring appearance sometime in the first two weeks of April.]


Manny Pacquiao undergoes an MRI of his shoulder at the Cardinal Santos Hospital. (Nick Giongco) The comeback fight of Manny Pacquiao next year has a venue: the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The choice of opponent and the exact date will follow, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday when told that Pacquiao underwent an MRI Monday night to determine the progress of the torn right rotator cuff that he injured when he fought Floyd Mayweather last May in Las Vegas. “I have no timetable until I speak to his doctor,” said the Top Rank boss, sounding thrilled that a reading of Pacquiao’s official MRI reading at Cardinal Santos Hospital should be arriving in the US anytime soon. Pacquiao underwent an operation four days after the Mayweather defeat and has been forced to sit it out the rest of the year owing to the injury. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bully moves? MVP furious as Gilas bus delayed, coaches denied tickets


In rare Twitter rant, MVP hits out over delayed Gilas bus, lack of tickets for PH contingent PHOTO FROM FROM SPIN.PH
MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas chief patron Manny V. Pangilinan aired his frustration over a series of bad lucks the Philippine national men's basketball team experienced ahead of their 2015 FIBA Asia Championship finals match against China. In a series of tweets Saturday night, October 3, only a couple of hours before the finals, Pangilinan bared Gilas arrived late at the playing venue due to the delayed electric bus that "failed to charge," leaving the team with less time to warm-up. He then claimed that some coaches were not given any tickets to enter the venue. Later on he tweeted they might end up having a fight in Changsha. This was not the first instance Gilas had to deal with funny business as their semifinals schedule versus Japan was moved at the last minute from 9:30 pm to 10 pm on Friday, October 2. The change in schedule resulted in Gilas' game finishing near midnight, while the first semifinal match-up between Iran and China, which was won by host China, ended earlier in the evening. It also left Gilas with lesser time for recuperation compared to their finals foe China. – Rappler.com THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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A lookback at the other 5 Blue Jays AL East titles

MANILA, OCTOBER 5, 2015, (TORONTO STAR) By: thestar.com, Published on Wed Sep 30 2015 The 2015 Toronto Blue Jays claimed the AL East title for the sixth time Wednesday. A look back at the other years the team clinched the title.


Second baseman Manny Lee and centre fielder Lloyd Moseby, (left), helped the Jays reach new heights during the 1985 season. (Top right), George Bell and Tony Fernandez celebrate after the Jays clinched the American League East flag for the first time. The celebration continued, (bottom right), after the team's key win over the Yankees on October 5, 1985. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOS

The class of 2015 has joined an elite group of Toronto Blue Jays teams to win the American League East division. The Jays clinched the spot when they beat up on the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 during the first game of a double-header Wednesday.

1985 — Jays win title with 99-62 record

   W	   L	    PCT	  GB
Toronto Blue Jays		99	62	.615	-
New York Yankees		97	64	.602	2.0
Detroit Tigers		84	77	.522	15.0
Baltimore Orioles		83	78	.516	16.0
Boston Red Sox		81	81	.500	18.5
Milwaukee Brewers	71	90	.441	28.0
Cleveland Indians		60	102	.370	39.5

While setting a franchise record for most wins that still stands to this day, the Jays won the AL East with a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees after holding first place from May 20 onwards. After opening the American League Championship Series with two wins, the Jays lost games 3, five, six and seven against the Kansas City Royals, ending with a crushing a 6-2 loss at Exhibition Stadium. The Royals would go on to win the World Series. 1989 — Jays win title with 89-73 record


The Jays clinched the AL East title on this day, Sept. 30, in 1989. Then-Jays catcher Ernie Whitt jumps into the arms of Tom Henke after the ace reliever struck out Baltimore's last hope in the top of the ninth. COLIN MCCONNELL/ TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

In the season that the Jays officially moved into the SkyDome, they took the division title with consecutive victories against the Baltimore Orioles on the final weekend of the season. After a nightmare start to the year where the team, at one point, held a 12-24 record, the Jays clinched the title, only to lose to the Oakland Athletics 4-1 in the ALCS. The As would go on to win the World Series.

				W	L	PCT	GB
	Toronto Blue Jays		89	73	.549	-
	Baltimore Orioles		87	75	.537	2.0
	Boston Red Sox		83	79	.512	6.0
	Milwaukee Brewers	81	81	.500	8.0
	New York Yankees		74	87	.460	14.5
	Cleveland Indians		73	89	.451	16.0
	Detroit Tigers		59	103	.364	30.0

1991 — Jays win title with 91-71 record


The Jays clinched their third American League East title in October 1991. Pitcher Todd Stottlemyre, right, was a key part of the team that season. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOS

Three members of what would become the famous WAMCO lineup joined the Jays in the off-season (Devon White, Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter) and a record-breaking four million fans went to watch the team at the SkyDome. On the last day of the regular season, the Jays came back to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 and clinch the AL East title. Once again, however, they lost the ALCS, 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins won the 1991 World Series.

				W	L	PCT	GB
	Toronto Blue Jays		91	71	.562	-
	Boston Red Sox		84	78	.519	7.0
	Detroit Tigers		84	78	.519	7.0
	Milwaukee Brewers	83	79	.512	8.0
	New York Yankees		71	91	.438	20.0
	Baltimore Orioles		67	95	.414	24.0
	Cleveland Indians		57	105	.352	34.0

1992 — Jays win title with 96-66 record


Derek Bell, left, celebrates the Jays' American League East title in 1992. Earlier in the season, (top right), Bell and Jack Morris congratulate each other over another Jays win. (Bottom right), Candy Maldonado watches his homer sail out of the park during a regular season game. It was a winning year for the Jays.
They would go on to win their first World Series title that year. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOS

A second consecutive AL East division title was secured with a 3-1 win against the Detroit Tigers. They Jays handily dispatched Oakland 4-2 to win the ALCS for the first time. More significantly, this was the year the Jays won their first World Series title, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2.

				W	L	PCT	GB
	Toronto Blue Jays		96	66	.593	-
	Milwaukee Brewers	92	70	.568	4.0
	Baltimore Orioles		89	73	.549	7.0
	Cleveland Indians		76	86	.469	20.0
	New York Yankees		76	86	.469	20.0
	Detroit Tigers		75	87	.463	21.0
	Boston Red Sox		73	89	.451	23.0

1993 — Jays win title with 95-67 record


Jays star Roberto Alomar, (top left), sails over Seattle's Mike Blowers during a regular season game in 1993. Dave Stewart, (right), and Devon White, (bottom left), were part of the winning team that clinched their fifth AL East title. The team would go on to win their second American League Championship series and their second World Series title. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

WAMCO peaked and the Jays claimed the AL East title on Sept. 27, 1993 with a 2-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. The team won the ALCS in six games, and went on to win its second of back-to-back World Series titles, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2.

				W	L	PCT	GB
	Toronto Blue Jays		95	67	.586	-
	New York Yankees		88	74	.543	7.0
	Baltimore Orioles		85	77	.525	10.0
	Detroit Tigers		85	77	.525	10.0
	Boston Red Sox		80	82	.494	15.0
	Cleveland Indians		76	86	.469	19.0
	Milwaukee Brewers	69	93	.426	26.0

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TORONTO BLUE JAYS Blue Jays' AL East clinches over the years TSN.ca Staff Comments (1)

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TSN Rewind: Jays clinching the AL East The Toronto Blue Jays are AL East champions for the sixth time in franchise history and first since 1993, which was also the last time the Jays made the playoffs. Let's take a look at Toronto's five previous clinching victories and what was happening in the world at that time including No. 1 songs, top movies and other pop culture factoids.


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THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB) 2015 WORLD SERIES

World Series Scores & Schedule
Game 1 - Tue, Oct 27
Game 2 - Wed, Oct 28
Game 3 - Fri, Oct 30 
Game 4 - Sat, Oct 31
Game 5 - Sun, Nov 1
Game 6 - Tue, Nov 3
Game 7 - Wed, Nov 4

The 2015 World Series will be the 111th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champions and the American League (AL) champions.

The start date is October 27, with Game 7 (if necessary) scheduled for November 4.

If Game 5 is necessary, since it is played on November 1, it will be the first time since 2010 that a World Series game is played in November.

The American League champion will have home field advantage for the series because of the American League's 6–3 victory in the All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 14.

This is the 14th World Series in which home field advantage was awarded to the league that won the All-Star Game.

The series will be played in a 2-3-2 format (Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 at the ballpark of the American League Champion; while the National League champion will host Games 3, 4, and 5).

In the United States, the series will be televised on Fox and broadcast by ESPN Radio.

In Canada, the series will be broadcast on Sportsnet.


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Blue Jays clinch AL East with 15-2 win over Orioles Associated Press David Ginsburg, Associated Press 9h 14 FACEBOOK LINKEDIN TWITTER EMAIL PRINT


Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, right, celebrates with catcher Russell Martin, second from left, and teammate Chris Colabello after closing out the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Toronto won 15-2 to clinch the American League East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) eapcontent.ap.org

BALTIMORE (AP) — Champagne and beer was spraying everywhere. Cigars were lit, and laughter filled the clubhouse.

It had been 22 years since the Toronto Blue Jays won the AL East, and they celebrated the occasion with the appropriate fanfare.

Wearing shirts that read "The East Is Ours," the Blue Jays yelled and screamed with delight in an appropriate conclusion to their unstoppable, two-month run.

With a 15-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in the opener of a doubleheader, Toronto eliminated the New York Yankees from the division race and claimed its first title since 1993. The suspense ended quickly as the Blue Jays built a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning before adding four unearned runs in the fifth.

"It's the ultimate right now," manager John Gibbons said. "To be honest, we think we have more ahead of us. It was a big hurdle to get over. It's been so damn long. But I am proud of our guys from Day One. They just compete. That all we ask. That's what happens when you have a lot of talent and they get after it every night."

The Blue Jays waited so long for this, there were two celebrations. After the first game, the players whooped and hollered and hugged around the mound. Because there was a another game to be played, the alcohol and cigars were put off until after the nightcap, which the Orioles won 8-1 against Toronto's reserves.

In the opener, Marcus Stroman (4-0) allowed one run and five hits with eight strikeouts in his fourth start since returning from left knee surgery.

Jose Bautista hit his 40th home run, Edwin Encarnacion delivered No. 37 and Justin Smoak also connected for Toronto. Ryan Goins had a career-high five hits to help the Blue Jays win their sixth straight.

Toronto was fourth in the AL East on the morning of July 29 with a 50-51 record, eight games behind the Yankees. But boosted by the acquisitions of David Price, Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere, LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe, the Blue Jays won 42 of their next 56 games, outscoring opponents 342-200.

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They ended the major leagues' longest playoff drought on Sept. 26 when they clinched no worse than a wild-card berth.

"We played good baseball," a drenched Price said. "I've done my part and so has everybody else on this team. It's not one person, it's not one trade. It's everybody with one goal in sight."

General manager Alex Anthopoulos insists that in late July, the goal was merely to reach the playoffs.

"We felt we had a real good team that underachieved to this point," he said between games. "Our last two months, we were playing really good teams that we were going to chase. So, we thought we had a shot."

Stroman's exceptional pitching this month added to the surge. The right-hander has a 1.67 ERA and has beaten the Yankees twice.

The Blue Jays open the AL Division Series at home on Oct. 8. They are just ahead of Kansas City for best record in the AL.

"We're dangerous offensively. We're dangerous on the mound," catcher Russell Martin said. "We play awesome defense. So, I mean, if somebody's going to beat us, they're going to have to play tremendously."

A year ago, Baltimore celebrated its first AL East title since 1997. On Wednesday, the Orioles watched their successors end an even longer wait.

"Congratulations to them. They earned it," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "We had something that people came after, and they took it from us."

This was Baltimore's first game since being officially eliminated from playoff contention, and it showed. Seven pitchers combined to issue 10 walks and the Orioles committed four errors despite coming in with the best fielding percentage in the majors.

"In any form of life, when you take hope out of the picture it really challenges you mentally and emotionally," Showalter said. "We didn't respond to that in the first game."

After Miguel Gonzalez (9-12) walked three and gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings, errant throws by pitcher Jason Garcia and Davis on the same play fueled a fifth-inning uprising that turned the game into a rout.

The loss ended any hope the Orioles had of salvaging a winning season.

In the second game, Chris Davis homered twice to take over the major league home run lead with 45. Manny Machado hit his 31st off Ryan Tepera (0-2) to break up a scoreless duel in the seventh.

Kevin Gausman (4-7) had a career-high 10 strikeouts over eight innings. Toronto starter R.A. Dickey pitched five innings in his final tuneup before the postseason.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Tulowitzki (back, shoulder) is rapidly mending and could return before the postseason, manager John Gibbons said.

Orioles: CF Adam Jones remains sidelined with back problems. He's played in one game since Sept. 20.

ON DECK

Thursday's series finale was moved up to 12:05 p.m. EDT from 7:05 because of the threat of rain. Gibbons scratched Price and did not announce his starter. Rookie Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.60 ERA) goes for Baltimore.


MANILA BULLETIN

MGM to host Pacquiao’s comeback fight by Nick Giongco September 29, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share1 Email1 Share37


Manny Pacquiao undergoes an MRI of his shoulder at the Cardinal Santos Hospital. (Nick Giongco)

The comeback fight of Manny Pacquiao next year has a venue: the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The choice of opponent and the exact date will follow, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday when told that Pacquiao underwent an MRI Monday night to determine the progress of the torn right rotator cuff that he injured when he fought Floyd Mayweather last May in Las Vegas.

“I have no timetable until I speak to his doctor,” said the Top Rank boss, sounding thrilled that a reading of Pacquiao’s official MRI reading at Cardinal Santos Hospital should be arriving in the US anytime soon.

Pacquiao underwent an operation four days after the Mayweather defeat and has been forced to sit it out the rest of the year owing to the injury.

READ MORE...

The earliest Pacquiao can return to the ring is late February but signs point to the fighting congressman making his ring appearance sometime in the first two weeks of April.

British punchers Amir Khan and Kell Brook, American Terence Crawford, Argentine Lucas Matthysse and even Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez are being eyed as foes.

But Khan seems to be the frontrunner although Arum insists he has been in constant touch with representatives of the other candidates.

“After I talk to them, I will present everything to Manny,” said Arum, who has the 36-year-old Pacquiao under contract until the end of 2016.

But while Pacquiao is looking forward to his 13th fight at the MGM Grand stretching back to his US debut in June 2001, he has floated the idea of showcasing his wares on local soil.


RAPPLER.COM

Bully moves? MVP furious as Gilas bus delayed, coaches denied tickets Jane Bracher @janebracher Published 7:29 PM, October 03, 2015 Updated 7:34 PM, October 03, 2015 17 12K 489 Reddit Email 13K LATE.


In rare Twitter rant, MVP hits out over delayed Gilas bus, lack of tickets for PH contingent PHOTO FROM FROM SPIN.PH

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas chief patron Manny V. Pangilinan aired his frustration over a series of bad lucks the Philippine national men's basketball team experienced ahead of their 2015 FIBA Asia Championship finals match against China.

In a series of tweets Saturday night, October 3, only a couple of hours before the finals, Pangilinan bared Gilas arrived late at the playing venue due to the delayed electric bus that "failed to charge," leaving the team with less time to warm-up.

He then claimed that some coaches were not given any tickets to enter the venue. Later on he tweeted they might end up having a fight in Changsha.

This was not the first instance Gilas had to deal with funny business as their semifinals schedule versus Japan was moved at the last minute from 9:30 pm to 10 pm on Friday, October 2.

The change in schedule resulted in Gilas' game finishing near midnight, while the first semifinal match-up between Iran and China, which was won by host China, ended earlier in the evening. It also left Gilas with lesser time for recuperation compared to their finals foe China. – Rappler.com


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