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YANKEES GET HELP FROM RAYS; INDIANS GAIN GROUND IN RACE

The New York Yankees are American League East champions for the third straight year. They can thank the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Cleveland Indians can thank themselves for keeping the heat on their AL wild-card foes.

The Baltimore Orioles scored 10 runs in the second inning to send the Yankees to their fifth straight loss, 13-2, Friday night at Camden Yards, but New York clinched the division title when the Boston Red Sox lost at Tampa Bay, 8-6.

Cleveland rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-4, and move within a game of the Seattle Mariners in the wild-card standings. The Oakland Athletics moved a half-game in front of Seattle in the AL West with their 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Mariners fell out of first place with a 9-3 loss to Anaheim.

The final score of the Boston-Tampa Bay game was posted on the scoreboard with New York batting in the ninth.

"We really couldn't go crazy on the bench because we were getting beat down," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "But now we get a chance to enjoy it."

The Orioles torched Andy Pettitte (19-9) and Dwight Gooden for 10 runs in the second.

Baseball roundups on Page C4.

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