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Playoff outlook: Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays battle for East

Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) is greeted

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Heading into Friday's action, the Yankees still have their sites set on capturing the American League East. They’re currently tied with the Blue Jays for second place in the division and are five games behind the first-place Orioles. Here's how the Wild Card race shakes out.

Here’s the outlook for each of the three squads for the remainder of the season:

YANKEES (60-54)

Games left:...

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Fantasy baseball: Jim Johnson already out as Oakland Athletics closer

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson (45) is relieved

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It’s just over a week into the season and the Oakland Athletics' Jim Johnson has already lost the closer’s job.

After Johnson's latest bad outing Wednesday, A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday: "We’re going to give Jim a break."

Johnson gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning Wednesday. In just 3.1 innings over five appearances this year,...

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The Buck Showalter quotes on Derek Jeter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter walks back to the

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Buck Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles now, but way back when Derek Jeter first came up to the majors in 1995, Showalter was his Yankees manager.

Here's some of what Showalter told reporters Monday as his Orioles were the visiting team to Yankee Stadium for Jeter's final home opener.

Did he envision a 20-year career for Jeter?

“That’s what I thought. If you go back and check...

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