Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cone's Performance Encourages Yanks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cone's Performance Encourages Yanks

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The New York Yankees clinched a playoff spot Saturday, yet they had something even more special to celebrate: David Cone, it appears, is OK.

Cone, sidelined for a month because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, pitched five encouraging innings and the Yankees ensured a postseason berth with a 4-3, 11-inning win over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees, who also welcomed catcher Joe Girardi back to the lineup after a two-week absence, won it on Derek Jeter's bases-loaded walk. New York, trailing Baltimore by five games in the AL East and likely to wind up as the wild-card team, will make its third successive postseason appearance.i Cone, key to how far the Yankees go in defending their World Series title, had not pitched since walking off the mound Aug. 17 after just one inning. Activated from the disabled list, he allowed three runs, one of them unearned because of his own throwing error. He walked none, struck out five and threw 80 pitches. *Orioles 12, Tigers 8: Chris Hoiles, Mike Bordick and B.J. Surhoff each homered in a nine-run second inning and host Baltimore moved one step closer to its first division title since 1983. The Orioles won for only the sixth time in 15 games, and reduced their magic number to clinch the AL East to three. Eric Davis, who returned from the disabled list Monday following a three-month absence due to colon cancer, doubled in the second inning for his first hit in 11 at-bats since being activated. He went two for three with three RBIs. Roberto Alomar went three for five for Baltimore, but Cal Ripken's slump continued. He was 0 for four with an RBI, dropping him to three for 37 in his last 10 games. *Athletics 4, Mariners 3: Ken Griffey Jr. failed to homer in five at-bats, and Seattle's magic number for clinching the AL West remained at 3 with a 15-inning loss in Oakland. …

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