Yankees clinch 1st AL East title since 2012, reach 100 wins

NEW YORK (AP) Aroldis Chapman got Albert Pujols to swing over a slider in the dirt, and the New York Yankees jogged to the infield to exchange handshakes and hugs after clinching their first AL East title since 2012.

No wild celebration, not this year.

Hours after the startling news that pitcher Domingo German was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, the homer-happy Yankees routed the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 Thursday night to wrap up first place and breeze to their 100th win.

DJ LeMahieu hit a go-ahead, three-run homer for yet another big moment in his first year with New York and old mainstay Brett Gardner homered and had three RBIs.

Players decided it was not a night for dogpiles, not given how many already have gotten hurt, some in bizarre mishaps.

''We're just trying to avoid injuries,'' LeMahieu said.

A day after wasting a chance to clinch first place, the Yankees went ahead when LeMahieu went deep in the second inning.

Gardner, among just two holdovers from their last World Series championship team in 2009, added a solo shot in the fourth and then hit a two-run double in the sixth. Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier homered for good measure in the eighth.

''You got a team full of savages,'' slugger Aaron Judge said, invoking the word manager Aaron Boone made famous during his mid-summer rant at an umpire. ''It's been a long season, a lot of ups and downs. We're going to celebrate and enjoy tonight, but we got a lot more baseball to play.''

Despite putting 30 players on the injured list this year, New York (100-54) made Boone the first manager to win 100 games in each of his first two major league seasons.

''We got a lot bigger fish to fry, but this is the first step along the way,'' Boone said. ''Nothing has got in their way. Whatever has come adversity-wise, they faced it and powered right through it.''

The Yankees open the playoffs on Oct. 4, likely against Minnesota, which leads the AL Central, or the wild-card winner.

German's status for the postseason is uncertain after a breakout season. He is the Yankees' top-winning pitcher at 18-4.

Boone and general manager Brian Cashman spoke with players before the game.

''It's a difficult situation that none of us really know that many details about, so you just try and lay it out,'' Boone said. ''Sometimes things come up over the course of the season that you're not necessarily prepared for and you just try and talk through it the best you can.''

Masahiro Tanaka (11-8), in line to start the playoff opener, allowed Kole Calhoun's homer leading off the fourth. The Angels had just four hits in seven innings off Tanaka, who struck out six and walked one.

New York's 19th AL East title was its first following a run of 13 in 17 years that started in Derek Jeter's rookie season. The Yankees, led by Judge, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres, will be making their 21st postseason appearance in 25 years and 55th overall - 22 more than any other team.

And they will head to the October following their 21st 100-win season, their first in back-to-back years since 2002-04.

New York moved into sole possession of the lead for good on June 15 with the start of an eight-game winning streak, beginning a spurt of 13 victories in 14 games that ended the month. The Yankees led by 6 1/2 games at the All-Star Game, won seven of their first nine after the break and have led by seven to 11 1/2 games since. And they achieved their success despite the most players on the injured list for any big league team since at least 2004.

After Wednesday's 3-2 loss, the Yankees waited in their clubhouse for three hours until just before 1 a.m., hoping second-place Tampa Bay would lose at Los Angeles and ensure the division title for New York. But the Rays rallied in the ninth and defeated the Dodgers in 11 innings.

Protective plastic remained overnight wrapping the six large-screen televisions in the Yankees clubhouse, a sign that the bubbly celebration was not too far off. There was plenty of spraying - but non-vintage Laurent Perrier Brut. The good stuff is saved for late October.

LeMahieu's homer off Andrew Heaney (4-6), which followed a rare infield hit by slow-legged catcher Austin Romine with two outs, landed about three rows over the scoreboard in right-center, giving him career bests of 25 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Yankees. Gardner also set career highs for homers (26) and RBIs (69), and New York extended its team record with 292 long balls, one shy of major league-leading Minnesota.

''Hopefully the beginning of something special,'' Gardner said.

STANTON

DH Giancarlo Stanton was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts as a designated hitter his second game back from a layoff of nearly three months.

STAR TURN

Pujols had a .328 career batting average when he left St. Louis after 11 major league seasons and joined the Angels for 2012. His career average dipped to .29995 with an 0 for 4 night. His average had not been below .300 at the end of a game since a 4-for-14 start as a rookie in 2001, according to the Elias Sport Bureau.

''Not all the greatest players hit over .300,'' Pujols said. ''Hitting .300 would be great, but definitely, for me more important is hopefully I can win a championship before I'm done with my contract, because that's why the front office brought me here.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances has been told surgery is not recommended for the partially torn left Achilles tendon that ended his season after eight pitches. Manager Aaron Boone said the foot will be in a walking boot for another four weeks. ... Judge was given a day off after he landed on his right shoulder during an attempt for a diving catch Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jamie Barria (4-8) will be on the mound at Houston, opposed by Zack Greinke (6-1).

Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (12-8) starts Friday's series opener against Toronto, his former team.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (11-8)L: A. Heaney (4-6)
  • HR: LAA - K. Calhoun (32), NYY - C. Maybin (9), B. Gardner (26), D. LeMahieu (25), C. Frazier (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin CF40000021.265.326.473.799-1.0
D. Fletcher 2B40000021.290.350.385.736-1.0
K. Calhoun RF41211000.235.328.478.8067.0
A. Pujols DH40000011.248.308.444.753-0.5
J. Walsh 1B30100010.206.265.317.5820.5
A. Simmons SS30100001.259.303.351.6541.0
K. Smith C30000001.246.321.377.6980.0
M. Thaiss 3B30100000.195.290.383.6721.0
M. Hermosillo LF30000021.211.400.263.663-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B41131020.329.377.518.8957.0
    G. Stanton DH30000120.270.400.405.8050.0
    L. Voit 1B40000021.273.385.482.867-1.0
    D. Gregorius SS41200010.248.287.464.7504.5
    G. Urshela 3B31000122.323.363.546.9101.0
    C. Maybin LF31111112.285.365.484.8506.5
    B. Gardner CF33231101.254.330.508.83813.0
    C. Frazier RF41121002.269.315.495.8107.0
    A. Romine C41100011.280.311.435.7461.5
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Calhoun (32)
      • RBI - K. Calhoun (72)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher, A. Pujols, K. Smith
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (26)
      • HR - D. LeMahieu (25), C. Maybin (9), B. Gardner (26), C. Frazier (12)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (97), C. Maybin (30), B. Gardner 3 (69), C. Frazier 2 (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (46), C. Maybin (12), C. Frazier 2 (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Urshela (35), A. Romine (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gregorius (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Urshela-LeMahieu-Voit)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Heaney (L, 4-6)5.05663825.101.280.0
      J. Anderson1.01000105.561.532.5
      K. Middleton1.00000200.000.834.0
      M. Del Pozo0.22331028.641.44-6.0
      J. Jewell0.10000006.861.290.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 11-8)7.04110614.471.2329.0
      C. Gearrin1.00000004.101.463.0
      A. Chapman1.01000202.281.143.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 11-8)7.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      A. Chapman1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 90-56, J. Anderson 15-11, K. Middleton 13-9, M. Del Pozo 24-13, J. Jewell 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 1-6, J. Anderson 1-1, K. Middleton 1-0, J. Jewell 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 23, J. Anderson 4, K. Middleton 3, M. Del Pozo 5, J. Jewell
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 86-60, C. Gearrin 10-7, A. Chapman 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-7, C. Gearrin 1-2, A. Chapman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 24, C. Gearrin 3, A. Chapman 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Goodwin CF40000021.265.326.473.799-1.0
      D. Fletcher 2B40000021.290.350.385.736-1.0
      K. Calhoun RF41211000.235.328.478.8067.0
      A. Pujols DH40000011.248.308.444.753-0.5
      J. Walsh 1B30100010.206.265.317.5820.5
      A. Simmons SS30100001.259.303.351.6541.0
      K. Smith C30000001.246.321.377.6980.0
      M. Thaiss 3B30100000.195.290.383.6721.0
      M. Hermosillo LF30000021.211.400.263.663-1.0
      Total311511086-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 2B41131020.329.377.518.8957.0
        G. Stanton DH30000120.270.400.405.8050.0
        L. Voit 1B40000021.273.385.482.867-1.0
        D. Gregorius SS41200010.248.287.464.7504.5
        G. Urshela 3B31000122.323.363.546.9101.0
        C. Maybin LF31111112.285.365.484.8506.5
        B. Gardner CF33231101.254.330.508.83813.0
        C. Frazier RF41121002.269.315.495.8107.0
        A. Romine C41100011.280.311.435.7461.5
        Total3298944119-----
          BATTING
          • HR - K. Calhoun (32)
          • RBI - K. Calhoun (72)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher, A. Pujols, K. Smith
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Gardner (26)
          • HR - D. LeMahieu (25), C. Maybin (9), B. Gardner (26), C. Frazier (12)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (97), C. Maybin (30), B. Gardner 3 (69), C. Frazier 2 (37)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (46), C. Maybin (12), C. Frazier 2 (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Urshela (35), A. Romine (13)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Gregorius (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Urshela-LeMahieu-Voit)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Heaney (L, 4-6)5.05663825.101.280.0
          J. Anderson1.01000105.561.532.5
          K. Middleton1.00000200.000.834.0
          M. Del Pozo0.22331028.641.44-6.0
          J. Jewell0.10000006.861.290.0
          Total8.08994114---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Heaney (L, 4-6)5.0
          J. Anderson1.0
          K. Middleton1.0
          M. Del Pozo0.2
          J. Jewell0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 11-8)7.04110614.471.2329.0
          C. Gearrin1.00000004.101.463.0
          A. Chapman1.01000202.281.143.0
          Total9.0511081---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 11-8)7.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          A. Chapman1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 90-56, J. Anderson 15-11, K. Middleton 13-9, M. Del Pozo 24-13, J. Jewell 4-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 1-6, J. Anderson 1-1, K. Middleton 1-0, J. Jewell 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 23, J. Anderson 4, K. Middleton 3, M. Del Pozo 5, J. Jewell
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 86-60, C. Gearrin 10-7, A. Chapman 21-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 7-7, C. Gearrin 1-2, A. Chapman 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 24, C. Gearrin 3, A. Chapman 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Frazier homered to left, Gardner scored19
            Maybin homered to left center17
          • 6TH INNING
            Gardner doubled to right, Gregorius and Urshela scored16
          • 4TH INNING
            Gardner homered to right center14
            Calhoun homered to right center13
          • 2ND INNING
            LeMahieu homered to right center, Gardner and Romine scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Cory Gearrin
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun singled to left
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith lined out to center
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Thaiss flied out to center
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Hermosillo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Miguel Del Pozo relieved Keynan Middleton
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gregorius flied out to shallow left
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Urshela flied out to deep right
            • C. Maybin: Foul, Maybin homered to left center
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner walked
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier homered to left, Gardner scored
            • Jake Jewell relieved Miguel Del Pozo
            • A. Romine: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Romine grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pujols popped out to third
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Walsh singled to right
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded into double play third to second to first, Walsh out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Keynan Middleton relieved Justin Anderson
            • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton grounded out to second
            • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Voit struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • D. Fletcher: Foul, Fletcher lined out to second
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gregorius singled to right
            • G. Urshela: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Urshela walked
            • Justin Anderson relieved Andrew Heaney
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to first, Gregorius to third, Urshela to second
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gardner doubled to right, Gregorius and Urshela scored
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier popped out to third
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Smith grounded out to third
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Strike looking, Thaiss lined out to center
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu lined out to left
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Voit lined out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun homered to right center
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols lined out to shortstop
            • J. Walsh: Walsh grounded out to first
            • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner homered to right center
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to deep right
            • A. Romine: Romine popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • M. Thaiss: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thaiss singled to right
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin flied out to left
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Fletcher struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Voit flied out to left
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols flied out to right
            • J. Walsh: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons singled to center
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Simmons out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maybin walked
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to first, Maybin out at second
            • C. Frazier: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to right
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Romine reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gardner to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu homered to right center, Gardner and Romine scored
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Foul, Goodwin grounded out to second
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Heaney Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius singled to left, Stanton to second
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)