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Rodriguez, Yankees take it easy in finale

Alex Rodriguez raised his major league-leading RBI total to 156, Jorge Posada took over from Joe Torre as manager for the day, and the New York Yankees prepped for the playoffs by beating the Orioles, 10-4, yesterday in Baltimore.

As the Yankees made plans for their postseason opener Thursday at Cleveland, Posada and Robinson Cano did not play, and Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Johnny Damon were removed in the fourth inning.

Chase Wright (2-0) got the win in relief of starter Sean Henn.

Astros 3, Braves 0 - Craig Biggio doubled in his first at-bat and scored in the first inning of the final game of his 20-year career in front of a record crowd at Minute Maid Park.

Tigers 13, White Sox 3 - Magglio Ordonez (.363) won his first AL batting title, getting three more hits and leading Detroit over host Chicago.

Indians 4, Royals 2 - Travis Hafner drove in two runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fourth straight year and Cleveland, the AL Central champ, beat host Kansas City.

Elsewhere: Alfonso Soriano set a Cubs record with his 14th homer in September for the NL Central champs, but Joey Votto drove in five runs help host Cincinnati end a seven-game losing streak with an 8-4 win . . . Felix Hernandez (14-7) held Texas to four hits in 8 2/3 innings as host Seattle earned a 4-2 victory . . . Barry Zito (11-13) allowed two runs in eight innings and San Francisco completed its worst season in 11 years by beating host Los Angeles, 11-2 . . . Kurt Suzuki singled in the winning run in the ninth inning and host Oakland ended a five-game skid with a 3-2 win over AL West champion Los Angeles . . . Carlos Pena hit his 46th home run as Tampa Bay (66-96) finished up another dismal season with an 8-5 win at Toronto . . . Skip Schumaker went 5 for 5 and visiting St. Louis won its fifth in a row by beating last-place Pittsburgh, 6-5

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