Cano powers Yankees to AL East title in 14-2 rout

By Howie Rumberg

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 8:45 p.m. MDT

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, obscured left, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) console starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, center, before Matsuzaka was pulled during the third inning of their baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) watches.

Kathy Willens, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 14-2 on a raucous Wednesday night in the Bronx for their 13th AL East title in 17 years.

In front of fans poised to party from the first pitch, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Red Sox to win their second consecutive division crown. The championship was locked up by the seventh inning, when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at Tampa bay went final.

Cano tied a career high with six RBIs as New York secured home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The Yankees will open on the road Sunday against the winner of Friday's wild-card game between Baltimore and Texas.

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