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BOSTON -- Aaron Sanchez said he didnt know -- and didnt care -- that the Blue Jays had already clinched a spot in baseballs postseason. Running Shoes Australia Online .Toronto still had a chance to host the AL wild-card game, and Sanchez wanted the win.I wasnt ready to go home, he said after the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 in the regular season finale on Sunday to claim the ALs top wild-card berth. For it to come down to (Game) 162, and me being out there ... there was a lot at stake in that game. And it was in my hands.Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh, and Troy Tulowitzki singled to break an eighth-inning tie. Roberto Osuna retired David Ortiz on a weak nubber in front of the plate on the final regular season at-bat of his career, and then got Jackie Bradley Jr. on a groundout with two on to finish the game.The Blue Jays had a muted celebration on the field, then popped champagne in the visitors clubhouse at Fenway Park.Im (usually) straight-faced, Tulowitzki said. But that was fun out there.Toronto clinched a spot in the postseason when Detroit lost to Atlanta 1-0 earlier Sunday evening. With their win in Boston, the Blue Jays earned the right to host the Baltimore Orioles in a one-game playoff on Tuesday.The Red Sox will start their AL Division Series against the Indians on Thursday in Cleveland.Weve been able to win on the road and thats where our playoff journey begins, manager John Farrell said.Pitching with Jose Fernandezs initials on his hat in tribute to the Marlins pitcher who died last week, Sanchez held Boston hitless until Hanley Ramirezs disputed home run with two outs in the seventh. The ball sailed over the foul pole above the Green Monster.Sanchez tried to wave the ball foul and then yelled to the umpire, No way! But the replay upheld the original call.For me, it looked foul, he said, but added that it didnt matter as long as the Blue Jays won.Xander Bogaerts followed with a single -- the only other hit allowed by Sanchez, who lowered his ERA to 3.00 and clinched the AL title. In all, Sanchez (15-2) allowed one run, walking two, striking out six and hitting a batter.You have to give credit to Sanchez. He was (the) one today, Ortiz said. Thats the best Ive ever seen him.The Blue Jays took the lead back in the eighth against Brad Ziegler (2-4) when Tulowitzki singled with runners on first and third. Torontos other run came on Devon Travis solo homer in the fifth.Boston put runners on first and second with two out in the ninth, but Osuna retired Bradley to end the game for his 36th save.PEAKING EARLYThe Red Sox lost five of their last six games -- following an 11-game win streak -- and missed out on home-field advantage by one game.Manager John Farrell said he wasnt concerned that his team lost momentum.We were in all of these games and could have won about three of them, he said. This team is confident.PREPPING FOR PLAYOFFSDavid Price allowed one run and four hits, walking three and striking out four in five innings in his final tuneup before starting Game 2 of the ALDS for Boston. Farrell said 22-game winner Rick Porcello will start Game 1.Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez are expected to pitch Games 3 and 4, though Farrell wouldnt say in what order.PAPI FAREWELLThe loss did little to spoil the celebration for Ortiz, who went hitless in four at-bats. Walking off the field after making the second out in the ninth, Ortiz tapped the bill of his cap.The team announced it will retire his No. 34 sometime next year in a pregame ceremony that featured former Red Sox stars like Carl Yastrzemski and teammates from Ortizs three World Series championship clubs.The Red Sox draped a Dominican flag over the Green Monster, played the Dominican national anthem and invited Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.Ortiz dropped to one knee and tipped his cap to the crowd.I almost dropped to both knees, he said after the game, but it was going to be hard getting up. Running Shoes Discount Australia . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs tonight at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. Best Cheap Running Shoes Australia .  Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of Americas most beloved television moms in The Brady Bunch, has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.Henderson was a regular at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500. She served as the grand marshal for the 100th running of the race in May and delivered the drivers to your cars message over the public address system.She traditionally sang either America the Beautiful or God Bless America prior to the race. Henderson was an Indiana native and a longtime friend of the Hulman family, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angelees, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Wholesale Running Shoes Australia. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.As the ever-cheerful matriarch Carol Brady, Henderson starred on The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974 and in various revivals of the show.Hendersons final public appearance was at the Nov. 21 Dancing With The Stars taping where she was in the audience to support Brady Bunch co-star Maureen McCormick, who competed this season.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. ' ' '