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BOSTON -- David Ortiz is down to his final regular-season game, and it will be an important one for the Boston Red Sox.With their 40-year-old slugger heading into retirement, the Red Sox could use a victory on Sunday to help their chances of earning home-field advantage in their AL Division Series against Cleveland.Obviously, we would like the home-field advantage, Boston utilityman Brock Holt said after a 4-3 loss to Toronto. Well come ready to go. ... Hopefully well play that first game here.The Indians (93-67) would open at home if they win their last two games, or even one if Boston (93-68) loses its finale against Toronto on Sunday.One night after the Blue Jays blew a 3-1 lead and gave up Ortizs game-winning homer, Torontos J.A. Happ seemed poised to pick up his 21st win.But with the Blue Jays leading 3-2 in the eighth, Mookie Betts doubled, took third on Brock Holts hard-hit double-play ball and then scored to tie it when closer Roberto Osuna balked in the winning run.In the ninth, though, Ezequiel Carrera delivered a sacrifice fly and Toronto won to move into a tie with Baltimore for the top spot in the AL wild-card race.We had the lead and the tying run scores on balk. I was worried about the baseball gods, said manager John Gibbons, whose team is tied with the Orioles at 88 wins with one to play. We want to enjoy this one. Theyre hard to come by.Toronto owns the tie-breaker with Baltimore. Detroit and Seattle are also still in the wild-card hunt.Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (2-6) has losses in two of his last three appearances, issuing six walks while completing two innings. Since Sept. 22, his ERA has risen from 2.52 to 3.40.The 21-year-old Osuna (4-3) retired the Red Sox in order in the ninth to recover from his sixth blown save of the season.PREGAME FESTIVITIESHockey great Bobby Orr, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett and the entire current Boston Celtics roster joined David Ortiz on the field at Fenway Park on Saturday night to help celebrate Big Papi on his way into retirement.The ceremony before the Red Sox played Toronto also featured former patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, who Ortiz helped through his work for the Jimmy Fund. And Boston Marathon bombing victims also joined the sports stars on the field to thank Ortiz for his defiant and inspirational speech following the 2013 finish line attacks.The basketball players all wore Celtics jerseys with Ortizs No. 34. Many of them asked the Red Sox designated hitter to sign their shirts, and several posed for selfies with him.Ortiz has said he will retire at the end of the season, and the Red Sox planned celebrations for the final weekend series at Fenway. Friday nights ceremony included beneficiaries of the David Ortiz Childrens Fund; Sunday is expected to feature Ortizs former teammates.AT THE PLATEAs they have much of the season, the Fenway fans rose to a standing ovation when Ortiz came to the plate in the first. With a runner on first, he worked the count full against Happ and drew a walk.It was the 1,319th walk of Ortizs career, tying him with Tony Phillips for 40th on baseballs career list.Ortiz was tagged out going from first to second when Betts followed with a grounder.Ortiz grounded out in the second inning with two on and two out, hitting a grounder that got under the glove of shifted shortstop Troy Tulowitzki but was grabbed in shallow right by Devon Travis.In the fifth, Ortiz singled on a line drive to right and was replaced by a pinch hitter. He tipped his helmet to the cheering crowd as he left the diamond.We know what hes dealing with, manager John Farrell said of Ortizs difficulty running. Under the conditions tonight and the way he got down the line in that second at-bat, it felt like three was enough.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (14-2, 3.06 ERA) goes in the regular season finale Sunday. Hes allowed one run over six innings in each of his last two starts after extended rest for a blister.Red Sox: Former Blue Jays left-hander David Price (17-9, 4.04) will start for Boston on Sunday. He took the loss in his previous start Tuesday against the Yankees, giving up six runs and 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings, halting his career-best, eight-game winning streak. [url=http://www.custommetsjersey.com/custom-mookie-wilson-jersey-large-73g.html]Mookie Wilson Jersey Large[/url] .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. [url=http://www.custommetsjersey.com/]Wholesale Custom Mets Shirts[/url] . For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. [url=http://www.custommetsjersey.com/]http://www.custommetsjersey.com/[/url] . 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Berkman hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning after an odd double play erased the potential go-ahead run at third base, and the Rangers beat Cleveland 6-3 Monday night to hand the Indians their eighth straight loss. The Rangers had runners at first and third with no outs when David Murphy hit a grounder that the Indians turned into two outs by throwing behind Jurickson Profar at third. Berkman suddenly needed a hit instead of a simple sacrifice fly to put Texas ahead. He responded with a shot down the left-field line for his first homer since May 24 and a 5-3 lead over the Indians, who have a 12-game road losing streak thats their longest since a 16-game skid carried over from 2009 into the second away game of 2010. "A lot of times you feel much more relaxed and you have a better at-bat when you need a base hit as opposed to when you just need a fly ball," said Berkman, who was 2 for 25 with eight strikeouts coming in. "I wasnt thinking, weve just blown this. I was thinking, just try to get a good pitch to hit and try to hit it hard." Robbie Ross (3-1) got the win after striking out the side following a leadoff walk in the seventh. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save. Scott Kazmir (3-4) ended up with the loss even though he was in the dugout when the switch-hitting Berkman homered off left-hander Nick Hagadone. Carlos Santana had a three-run double in the third inning, but the Indians didnt get another hit and remained a season-high 5 1/2 games behind Detroit just 18 days after they were in first place in the AL Central. "Work hard and grind because there isnt a magic potion," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "There might be, but you can go to jail. Were going to find out a lot about ourselves right now." Jeff Baker had a tying homer for Texas in the fourth, his ninth of the season and fourth in the past six games. After Berkmans home run, Nelson Cruz added an RBI double in the seventh. "Hes too good not to find his swing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Berkman. "It would be nice if he got going and we could start doing things we know were capable of doing. For now weve just got to keep fighting, and hes one of them whos been fighting and tonight he got us a big blow." Kazmir fell behind 1-0 in the second on an RBI single by Craig Gentry but avoided further trouble by striking out Elvis Andrus with the bases loaded after third baseman Mark Reynolds misplayed a grounder with two outs.dddddddddddd. Josh Lindblom, making his second career start with Texas this season after 101 relief appearances in the big leagues, retired the final 10 batters he faced after Santanas three-run double put Cleveland up 3-1 in the third. Lindblom, filling in for injured starter Alexi Ogando, allowed five hits while striking out six and walking one. Four of his six innings were perfect. The Indians had just two baserunners over the last six innings -- Jason Giambi on a walk and Jason Kipnis on an error by Andrus at shortstop. "Theres nothing I can do to change the double that he hit, so Ive got to worry about the next pitch," said Lindblom, who was knocked out in the fifth inning of his other start after a flurry of Oakland doubles. "You make the next pitch and the next pitch and the next thing you know youre in the fifth or sixth inning." The Rangers tied the score quickly in the fourth. A.J. Pierzynski led off with his second single and scored four pitches later on Bakers homer down the left-field line. Kazmir allowed eight hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. "Its just little things that cost us the game," Kazmir said. "It could be a pitch, it could be defensively, offensively. It seems like its something so small thats costing us, especially the last couple of games." Mike Aviles started Clevelands three-run third by beating Andrus throw on a grounder up the middle. Kipnis singled and Nick Swisher walked with one out, and after Michael Brantley popped out, Santana sent a ball to the gap in right-centre, just out of Cruzs reach. The defensive play of the game ended up as a single for Berkman after Reynolds dove into foul territory to stop a one-hop grounder and threw to first. Berkman would have been out, but Santana came off the bag early to throw back to Reynolds, who tagged out Murphy trying to go from first to third on the play. Berkman was awarded a hit. NOTES: The Indians acquired INF John McDonald from Pittsburgh for a player to be named or cash. The 38-year-old McDonald spent his first six seasons with Cleveland starting in 1999. To make room for him, the Indians moved RHP Brett Myers (right elbow) to the 60-day DL. ... Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler has resumed baseball activities and hopes to return during an 11-game homestand that ends June 20. Hes been out since May 18 with a rib injury. ... Andrus has at least one hit in all 33 career games against the Indians. ' ' '

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