Blue Jays clinch first AL East title since 1993

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Congratulations to the Blue Jays, who just wrapped up the American League East with a 15-2 rout of the Orioles in the first half of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards. The lineup for the night game should be a laugher.

Edwin Encarnacion cranked his 37th home run of the season, Jose Bautista slugged his 40th, and Marcus Stroman fired eight innings of one-run ball as the Jays rolled right over the O’s in the makeup game following Tuesday night’s rainout. Stroman, believed to be done for the year when he tore his ACL in March, now boasts a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings (four starts) since making his 2015 debut on September 12 against the Yankees.

This is the first American League East championship for the Blue Jays since 1993, and it will also be their first trip to the playoffs since that 1993 campaign.

Toronto is in position to carry homefield advantage throughout the postseason.

A remarkable turnaround for a club that was 50-51 on July 28.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.