Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees kept Mark Buehrle winless against them for more than a decade, sending the Toronto Blue Jays to their season-worst sixth straight loss, 5-3 Friday night. New York won its third in a row to preserve its faint AL wild-card hopes. The cheers for Jeter kept getting louder and louder during his final homestand, and fans chanted his name throughout the ninth inning. The 40-year-old shortstop also alertly tricked speedy Jose Reyes off second by bluffing a throw to first, trapping him in a rundown.

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Wilin Rosario is trying to end a disappointing season with a strong finish. He got off to a good start in the Colorado Rockies’ fight to stay out of the cellar. Rosario hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Rockies rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday night. Rosario finished with four hits to lift the Rockies into a fourth-place tie with Arizona in the NL West.

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Derek Jeter began his final homestand for the New York Yankees with one more stroll around the bases, hitting a home run Thursday night in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeter homered deep into the left-field seats against R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning, earning a standing ovation from his adoring fans. After Jose Bautista’s tying, two-run homer in the Toronto eighth, Chase Headley sent the winning run home in the ninth with a one-out grounder through the legs of first baseman Adam Lind. Jeter, New York’s 40-year-old captain, ended a 158 at-bat homerless streak with the drive, just the fourth home run of his 20th and final major league season.

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Derek Jeter managed to get a hit that had been most elusive. Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night. The retiring Yankees captain lined a single off Alex Cobb leading off the sixth inning. Jeter had an 0-for-32 stretch in April 2004.

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Henderson Alvarez ended a three-start winless streak, and the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday night to finish a trying 10-game trip in which they lost All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a season-ending injury when he was hit in the face by a pitch. Wearing their bright orange alternate jerseys, the Marlins built a 3-0 lead in the first two innings against Dillon Gee (7-8) and held on to open a two-game lead over the Mets for third place in the NL East. New York (73-80) must go 8-1 to avoid a sixth straight losing season, one shy of the franchise record. Before the game, the Marlins said Stanton won’t play again in the majors this season.

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    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Tampa Bay Rays should stop pitching inside if they’re going to keep hitting his players. Rays manager Joe Maddon says thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Oh, and we’re not really sorry, either. Girardi got his Italian Irish up Tuesday night after Yankees captain Derek Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. Umpire Rob Drake warned both teams, which brought out Maddon and Girardi — who didn’t like being warned when his team hadn’t done anything. Girardi even yelled the Rays’ way — getting animated at Geltz or Maddon or both — because Geltz’s pitch went up and in. Not long after, Girardi was ejected for continuing to argue from the dugout. Girardi noted later to the media that Rays pitchers hit the Yankees five times over the past four games, including Jeter twice and Chase Headley in the mouth. Via NJ.com , Maddon said: “It’s nothing to apologize for. It’s just part of the game. I do understand their frustration with it and why they were upset. It ended up being what it was. Hopefully tomorrow there is nothing going on and, again, truthfully, like I said, there was no intent from us.” Later he added, “I understand the frustration. I get it totally.” Maddon’s cool attitude probably won’t help ease the tensions, even though Girardi’s beef wasn’t necessarily that the Rays pitchers were trying to hit anyone on purpose. “If you’re going to pitch inside, pitch their right way,” Girardi said. “And if you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside. We’re not pincushions.” In the bottom of the eighth, Yankees right-hander David Phelps threw inside at Kevin Kiermaier, but missed. The benches cleared, slowly, and Phelps and interim manager Tony Peña were ejected. The Yankees couldn’t quite exact their own pound of flesh. Before we go any further:   So, who’s right? Girardi sounds a man at the end of a long, frustrating season. He’s done an excellent job managing a team with many problems. And, as Maddon said, it’s easy to see why he’s frustrated when his players get hit. The best he can hope to do is tell his pitchers to pitch inside without trying to hit anyone on purpose also, and see what it gets him. In the long run, it might make the opposition hesitate to throw inside, if their own hitters fear Yankees retaliation. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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Tampa (AFP) – Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tentatively scheduled make his first major league start in more than two months on Sunday, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ben Zobrist finally got a hit with the bases loaded – and it was a big one.

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled infielder Nick Ahmed and left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin from Triple-A Reno, and selected the contract of catcher Bobby Wilson.

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Steve Pearce may be the perfect embodiment of Baltimore’s surprising year. The 31-year-old first baseman had never played more than 61 games in a season until 2014, but his 17 home runs – 13 more than his previous career high – have helped put the Orioles on the verge of an AL East title. ”It always had a good feel to it, Steve being on the club,” manager Buck Showalter said. I’ll be ready, appreciate the opportunity, it’s an honor to be in the big leagues.”’ Pearce made his major league debut in 2007 with Pittsburgh, and he’s also played for Houston and the New York Yankees, but he’s never hit like this.

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