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  • 01 Aug
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- Even though they let a win get away Wednesday night, the Boston Red
    Sox locked up something more important. And as far as they were concerned, an AL
    East title was certainly worth celebrating.Boston clinched the division
    championship despite wasting a three-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss
    to the Yankees. David Ortiz and the Red Sox, who last weekend secured at least a
    wild-card spot in the playoffs, were assured the crown when Baltimore rallied
    for a 3-2 win at second-place Toronto nearly 30 minutes before New York
    completed its comeback against Craig Kimbrel (2-5) and Joe Kelly.In the end, the
    one inning, it doesnt take away from 158 games played to date. They should be
    extremely proud for winning a very, very difficult division, manager John
    Farrell said.Though the final score in Toronto was posted on the out-of-town
    scoreboard for all to see, the Red Sox hardly seemed to notice as players draped
    their arms over the dugout railing and rooted for Kimbrel in the ninth.Farrell
    and other Red Sox said they knew the Blue Jays had lost and what that meant, but
    they were focused on closing out their own game at the time.Red Sox executives,
    however, jumped out of their front-row seats next to the Boston dugout and
    rejoiced when the Blue Jays game ended.This is one stop. Weve got a lot of work
    ahead, Farrell said. Were not done by any means.After winning their eighth AL
    East title, the Red Sox will open their postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a
    second World Series championship in four years. The teams first opponent has not
    been determined yet.Its only the beginning. We have to keep pushing, first
    baseman Hanley Ramirez said.Mark Teixeiras two-out grand slam off Kelly won it
    for the Yankees, costing Clay Buchholz a win after he allowed just an infield
    single in six shutout innings.That only stunned the Red Sox for a short time,
    though. Once they returned to their clubhouse, they regrouped and let loose,
    dousing each other with beer and bubbly in a typical celebration.So even if they
    didnt pile onto the field in enemy territory, the Red Sox got their chance to
    party in the Bronx -- the site of so much Boston heartache throughout its
    storied rivalry with the Yankees.Of course, there was one glorious moment across
    the street, when Big Papi and his 2004 teammates overcame a 3-0 deficit to win
    the AL Championship Series at the old Yankee Stadium. Boston rejoiced and went
    on to capture its first World Series crown since 1918.With Ortiz nearing
    retirement after the current season, this division title tasted sweet as well --
    especially after the Red Sox completed a worst-to-first turnaround for the
    second time in five seasons. After winning the 2013 World Series, Boston
    finished last twice in a row.I think we can definitely use this as a stepping
    stone. But this is step 1, outfielder Mookie Betts said. Weve got to win a World
    Series and once we get there, everybody will know who the Red Sox are.No matter
    what happens from here, this year has become much more than a farewell tour for
    Ortiz. The 40-year-old franchise icon is enjoying one of his biggest seasons at
    the plate, joined by steady veterans like Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia mixed with
    blossoming young stars in Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.This is a
    pretty dynamic team in terms of homegrown players at various stages of their
    career that are coming together to be a very successful team, Farrell said
    before the game.Rick Porcello (22 wins) and free-agent prize David Price have
    solidified the front end of a suspect rotation, with new closer Kimbrel
    anchoring the bullpen.Boston took control of a wide-open AL East with an 11-game
    winning streak -- all against division foes -- that ended with Tuesdays defeat
    at Yankee Stadium.Above and beyond all, this is a team that cares for one
    another. And I dont say that loosely, Farrell said. Theyre tough, theyre
    focused, theyre talented, but, like I said, above all, they care for one another
    in an extraordinary way.Farrell, who took over as manager before the 2013
    season, enjoyed a personal triumph with this division title as well: He missed
    the final 1 1/2 months of last season after he was diagnosed with stage 1
    lymphoma.Its been a journey that makes you relish the good times a little bit
    more. Theyre more meaningful, Farrell said. Theres so much to be fortunate or
    thankful for. ... Clearly, this puts you in a position to reflect on things
    differently.The only other time Boston clinched the AL East title away from
    Fenway Park was at Cleveland in 1988.Now, the Red Sox hope to reach the World
    Series again -- and set up a potential dream matchup against the Chicago Cubs
    and former Boston general manager Theo Epstein.You enjoy the night tonight and
    the accomplishments up to this point, but we still have a lot on our minds and a
    lot that we want to accomplish, Porcello said.
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    increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours
    qualifying tournament. The 17th-ranked Purdue basketball team will attempt to
    win its third November tournament in the past eight seasons Wednesday night when
    the Boilermakers face Auburn in the Cancun Challenge championship game.And if
    coach Matt Painters team wins, the Boilermakers will have beaten a Southeastern
    Conference opponent in each of those three events title games.Purdue (3-1)
    defeated Tennessee in the 2009 Paradise Jam in The Virgin Islands when current
    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was coaching the Volunteers. The 2015 Boilermakers
    defeated Florida in the Hall of Fame Tipoff title game in Connecticut.Now,
    Painter will attempt to get the best of Pearl again after Auburn defeated Texas
    Tech 67-65 in Tuesdays first semifinal, and Purdue pulled away from Utah State,
    85-64.Boilermaker center Isaac Haas scored a career-best 26 points against Utah
    State, guard Dakota Mathias added a career-best 25 on 9 of 10 field goal
    shooting and power forward Caleb Swanigan had 15 points.Dakota had a great
    night, and Isaac was just as good on the interior, taking his time, Painter
    said. A lot of people who have some size arent used to doubling. When they go
    and double, its tough for them when they get there late. Trouble happens.Against
    Utah State, Isaac did a good job of waiting and taking his time. I thought Caleb
    did, too. Both of those guys really had a good night Tuesday.Painter is hoping
    to get just as much perimeter help from Mathias against Auburn as he got against
    Utah State.The more you can make other teams pay -- getting them in foul
    trouble, playing against their backup bigs -- and then being able to step up and
    hit some 3s will really help us set our defense more, Painter
    said.dddddddddddd.The more consistent we can get on the offensive end, they
    constantly are going to be going against a set defense, which is what you
    want.Mathias said Haas and Swanigan help create open shots for Purdues perimeter
    players.They are so good when they get doubled or triple-teamed, being able to
    pass out of it, Mathias said. I think especially Isaac has improved.When teams
    double our big men, weve got guys on the perimeter who can move around the horn
    and make shots. That is tough to guard.Auburn improved to 4-0 for the second
    time in the last 10 years. In Mustapha Heron and Danjel Purifoy, the Tigers had
    two freshmen reach double figures in each of their first four games for the
    first time since Scott Pohlmam during the 1997-98 season.Beating Texas Tech was
    a great win for our program and a great win for our kids, Pearl said. Texas Tech
    is an NCAA caliber team. I thought we stopped guarding in the second half, but
    hey, I would rather learn and win than learn and lose.While Pearl starts three
    freshman and two sophomores, he is happy to have fifth-year graduate student
    point guard Ronnie Johnson, who was Purdues starting point guard as a freshman
    and sophomore before transferring to Houston to play for Kelvin Sampson.After
    earning an undergraduate degree in the spring, Johnson opted to move again --
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