Orioles grab playoff spot; Wieters, Gausman help beat Yanks

Mark Teixeira will officially retire after the Yankees' season finale Sunday against the Orioles

Britton secured Baltimore's third postseason spot in five seasons by striking out Brett Gardner.

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira warms up during batting practice before the baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in New York.

Teixeira, who is scheduled to hold a news conference after the game, did not speak to the media beforehand.

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans as he leaves a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in New York.

In six starts against the Yankees, Gausman allowed six runs in 41 innings. "I think this day is going to be filled with every type of emotion".

On an overcast, 60-degree day and with the team out of playoff contention, the ceremony was sparsely attended, but Teixeira received rousing ovations from the fans both during the ceremony and after his final round of batting practice as a Yankee earlier in the day.

Rookie righthander Luis Cessa, expected to compete for a rotation spot next March, allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2⁄3 innings. The switch-hitting catcher recorded his seventh career multi-homer game and third this season. After a couple rounds, he turned and waved one last time toward right field.

Once the game started, the entire crowd joined in when the Bleacher Creatures chanted Teixeira's name during roll call.

Baltimore built a 3-0 lead on Michael Bourn's two-run single in the second and Manny Machado's third-inning homer on an 0-2 pitch.

Yankees: Play their season opener next year April 2 at Tampa Bay. "Playing my previous year somewhere else just wouldn't have felt right". A few days later, he signed with the Orioles.

Teixeira batted fifth and grounded out twice before flying out to shallow center field in his final at-bat. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said he met with Dan Duquette to discuss some preliminary plans about a postseason roster.

"He seems to be in really good spirits", Girardi said.

"I think there's going to be happiness". He figured that's how the Yankees would play it if they fell out of contention, which occurred on Thursday night.

"When I think about this season, we didn't get it done, in all phases", manager Joe Girardi said of another early Yankee winter.

Drafted fifth overall out of Georgia Tech by the Rangers in 2001, Teixeira also played for the Braves and Angels. Wieters has seven career multihomer games, three this season. The Yankees had one each in 2004, 2007 and 2009. He delivered immediately, helping NY to a World Series title that year and finishing runner-up for AL MVP.

Thanks to a victory in their regular-season finale, the power-hitting Orioles are on to the playoffs.

"I think the one thing that players need to understand is there's no certainty in this game", Girardi said. He is also a three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove victor at first base. He is the only first baseman in big league history with at least five Gold Gloves, 400 homers and 400 doubles. "So it'll be cool to see him across the field, understanding that he was there from the very beginning". "Just a real consistent human being". "There's an interesting thought". "I told my wife if it's nice out, I'll play outside with the kids", he said. "I'll always be a Yankee".

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