Manny Corpas to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

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As expected, Rockies reliever Manny Corpas needs Tommy John elbow surgery and will go under the knife next week, knocking him out for the rest of this season and likely all of 2011 as well.
Corpas was the closer on a World Series team as a rookie in 2007, but lost that job to Brian Fuentes in 2008 and then couldn’t beat out Huston Street to reclaim ninth-inning duties last season.
He missed the final two months of last year following surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow and came back to pitch pretty well in a setup role this season with a 4.28 ERA and 47/21 K/BB ratio in 61 innings before an ugly final outing last Wednesday.
Corpas signed a four-year, $8 million deal in the winter between his breakout rookie season and disappointing sophomore campaign, so the Rockies will pay him $3.5 million to rehab the injury next year and then will have to cough up $750,000 in buyouts rather then exercising $14 million worth of options for 2012 and 2013.

Red Sox beat Yankees 11-6 to clinch AL East for third consecutive season

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The Red Sox have clinched the AL East for a third consecutive season, beating the Yankees 11-6 in the Bronx on Thursday night. It’s the third consecutive season in which the Red Sox have won the division, the first time that’s ever been done in club history. In fact, the only other times the Red Sox won the division in back-to-back years were 1903-04 and 1915-16.

AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a two-run single in the second inning off of Masahiro Tanaka and a three-run homer in the eighth against Aroldis Chapman to put the game out of reach. Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt also hit homers. Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez was on the hook for five runs in 3 2/3 innings, but three of them scored when Heath Hembree inherited a bases-loaded situation, then served up a grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth. The rest of the bullpen combined to fire five scoreless innings. Steven Wright had three of them followed by zeroes from Ryan Brasier and Craig Kimbrel.

With the loss, the Yankees’ lead over the Athletics for the first Wild Card slot shrinks to 1.5 games. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will try to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 104-49 record, their closest competitor is the 95-57 Astros. With nine games remaining in the regular season for the Red Sox, they would have to lose every game remaining in the regular season and the Astros would have to win their 10 remaining games in order to fail to claim home field advantage.