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Red Sox win East, go worst to 1st again

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NEW YORK (AP) 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 doesn't take away from 158 games played to date. They should be extremely proud for winning a very, very difficult division," manager John Farrell said.

Cubs, Epstein agree to 5-year extension

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had dinner with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein in Arizona around the start of spring training.

If Epstein had any doubt about a contract extension, it ended right there. And on Wednesday, it became official. (MORE)

Marlins escort hearse carrying Fernandez

MIAMI (AP) Somber Miami Marlins players and personnel escorted a hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez from the team's ballpark Wednesday, as the farewell for their beloved teammate marched on.

As players and fans honored Fernandez's memory, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sought a safety probe into the rock jetty where a boat crash claimed the lives of the baseball star and two friends. (MORE)

Seahawks' Wilson practices, likely plays

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was a full participant in practice Wednesday and all indications are that he will be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Coach Pete Carroll said he needs to see how Wilson recovers from practice but as of now he's expecting his quarterback to be able to play. Wilson sprained the MCL in his left knee while being pulled down awkwardly by San Francisco's Eli Harold in the third quarter of Seattle's 37-18 win Sunday. (MORE)

Kim's 2-run HR in 9th gets O's past Jays

TORONTO (AP) Hyun Soo Kim said he'd never hit a bigger home run.

His timely drive gave Baltimore's wild-card hopes a big boost. (MORE)

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