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Final day of the MLB season produces dramatic results

A wild night in baseball saw playoff positions confirmed and the first winner of the Triple Crown in 45 years

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New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano and home plate umpire CB Bucknor (R) watch the ball after he hit a two-run home run, his second of the game, against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning of their American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano winks at team members in the dugout as he runs to first base after hitting a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning of their American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano celebrates with teammate Mark Teixeira (25) after he hit a two-run home run, his second of the game, against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning of their American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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New York Yankees Ichiro Suzuki (L) safely steals second base behind the tag of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia during the sixth inning of their American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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New York Yankees fans react as the scoreboard indicates Tampa Bay Rays has defeated the Baltimore Orioles, giving the Yankees the American League East Championship as Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez (foreground) bats against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning of their American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (L) fist bumps captain Derek Jeter after getting the Boston Red Sox out in the seventh inning of their MLB American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (R) removes starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from the game against the New York Yankees during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 3, 2012.

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New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki douses the team photographer as teammates celebrate in the clubhouse after their 14-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game and clinched the American League East title at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

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Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman (L) looks at a new baseball as Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria (R) circles the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida, October 3, 2012.

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Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce (R) congratulates Evan Longoria as he returns to the dugout after his third home run of the game during the sixth inning of their American League baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg, Florida, October 3, 2012.

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Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton (R) drops a fly ball by Oakland Athletics Yoenis Cespedes (not seen) in the fourth inning, allowing two unearned runs to score, during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012. The Athletics won the American League West Division title with a win over the Rangers.

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Oakland Athletics Coco Crisp reacts after scoring one of the two unearned runs on a fielding error by Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton (not seen) in the fourth inning during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012. The Athletics defeated the Rangers to win the American League West Division title.

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Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton reacts after striking out against the Oakland Athletics during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012. The Athletics defeated the Rangers to win the American League West Division title.

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Grant Balfour (R) and first baseman Brandon Moss celebrate after they defeated the Texas Rangers to win the American League West Division title during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012.

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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour, third right looking, up celebrates with teammates after their 12-5 win over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. The A's clinch the AL West title with the win.

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The Oakland Athletics celebrate after defeating Texas Rangers to win the American League West Division title during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012.

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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour is doused with champagne after defeating the Texas Rangers to win the American League West Division title during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012.

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Ryan Cook sprays fans with champagne after defeating the Texas Rangers to win the American League West Division title during their American League baseball game in Oakland, California October 3, 2012.

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Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) waves to the crowd after being replaced during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

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