The Jets are actually lowering ticket prices

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The Jets are actually lowering ticket prices

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets are lowering the price of some 12,000 upper tier seats at MetLife Stadium for the 2012 season. Jets President Neil Glat said that seats in the end zone, corners and some along the sidelines that cut in from the corners will drop in price for next season. The last seven rows of four sections of sideline seats will fall from 105 per game to either 75 or 50, depending on the row. Those in the corners and in the end zone will drop from 95 to either 75 in six rows or 50 for the last seven rows. Sellouts are not a concern for the Jets in the 82,500-seat stadium they financed along with the co-tenant Giants. Glat says the dip in prices is being made "to improve the value for our fans, especially our season ticket holders." "After taking a hard look and having analyzed the 300 level, we are going to adjust the price," Glat said. "We think we can do better in that area for our fans. The goal is to ensure that we have a lot of season ticket holders up there." Fans who already have purchased 2012 tickets will benefit from the price adjustment. The Jets do not require personal seat licenses for the upper tier. The Giants do, and they have similar prices for the upper tier tickets. Jets fans will be able to purchase a season ticket for as little as 500, including two preseason games. "This was not an issue about worrying about getting games on TV," Glat said, "but what is the right price for the value for the fans. And there's really an emphasis in the NFL on season ticket holders, the lifeblood of the league."

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Miley is magnificent as Orioles move up in playoff hunt

Miley is magnificent as Orioles move up in playoff hunt

BALTIMORE—Wade Miley wanted that complete game. He walked off the mound one out short of it, but with the satisfaction that he’d showed the Orioles why they traded for him nearly two months ago. 

In Miley’s first nine Orioles starts, there was only one win. Not only did he get a solid one on Saturday night, but his performance helped push the Orioles back into the second wild-card spot.

Miley allowed one run on seven hits in 8 2/3 innings, matching his career high with 11 strikeouts and not walking a batter in the Orioles’ 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks before 40,610 at Oriole Park.

Combined with the Detroit Tigers’ 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon, the Orioles moved past Detroit and lead them by a half-game. 

Recently, Miley talked with Orioles pitching great Scott McGregor, and McGregor, who is still in the organization had some advice. 

“We just talked about if there is such a thing as trying too hard. ‘Try easy’ is what he told me. That kind of just stuck,” Miley said. “Rather than trying to be max effort out there every time, just got to relax and execute pitches,” Miley said. 

Miley (9-13) was rolling until Brandon Drury’s double scored Paul Goldschmidt with two outs in the ninth. 

After Miley received his warm ovation, the former Diamondback looked over at Goldschmidt and showed him his middle finger, which was caught on television. 

Miley began his post-game remarks by apologizing and expressing his admiration for Goldschmidt, who had three of the seven hits against him.

Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t pleased to take Miley out, and replace him with Tyler Wilson, who recorded the final out. The fans loudly booed the decision.

“They certainly weren’t cheering me. I was thinking about flipping it to Tyler about halfway across the outfield and walk off with him. I didn’t think I had enough arm to reach Tyler,” Showalter said. 

Miley’s wife is due to give birth to their first child within the next two weeks, and he appreciated the fan support.

“That’s kind of what we play for. That’s the reaction you want. Yu obviously want to go out there and do good and do your job and it worked out tonight,” Miley said. 

Mark Trumbo, whose 45th home run in the fifth inning gave the Orioles a 6-0 lead, played with Miley in Arizona, and empathized with his former teammate, pointing out a few starts back that it’s difficult to be traded during the season. 

“I’ve seen him a lot. I’ve seen him a lot more than most people in this room. I know what he’s capable of,” Trumbo said. “I’ve seen when he was going well. This is what you can expect for him. Tremendous tempo, he was working in and out. He had all his pitches going. That was just a great job tonight.”

The Orioles (84-71) scored a run in the first off Robbie Ray (8-14) when Manny Machado’s single scored Adam Jones. 

Matt Wieters led off the second with a drive to right that Yasmany Tomas couldn’t handle, and Wieters was on third with a double and the error. He scored on J.J. Hardy’s fly ball. 

Trey Mancini became the third player in major league history to homer in his first three starts in the fourth inning, and the Orioles lead stretched to 5-0 on Chris Davis’ two-run single. 

The Diamondbacks’ Carlos Quentin (2006) and Colorado’s Trevor Story (2016) are the other players to homer in their first three at-bats. 

“It’s been incredible, you know? I could never imagine it happening this way, and it’s still hard to believe. A week ago, I was down in Florida prepared for this, but it’s cool, a week later, with everything that’s happened, to be here in Baltimore and to contribute to it, to a postseason run,” Mancini said. 

A night before, Showalter used nearly all of his top-tier relievers: Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Mychal Givens and O’Day in the 12-inning win. 

Miley’s deep start enabled Showalter to rest his core as well as Oliver Drake and Tommy Hunter, who also pitched Friday night, and Donnie Hart, who didn’t. 

We got to the point where three guys, maybe four, three for sure we were not going to push the envelope on tonight. Not that one day is going make that much difference, but with the day game tomorrow, if we had to push the envelope on them we’d really be short tomorrow,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: The Orioles have 13 wins in interleague play, the most in club history. … Jones walked twice. His 38 walks set a career-high. … Braden Shipley (4-4, 5.49) faces Dylan Bundy (9-6, 4.13) on Sunday afternoon in the final home game of the regular season.  

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Nationals took relatively smooth road to winning 2016 NL East

Nationals took relatively smooth road to winning 2016 NL East

Whether the Nats reach their ultimate goal of winning a World Series this season will be determined on the chilly nights and under the bright lights of October, but on Friday night they took a necessary step towards getting there.

With their 6-1 win over the Pirates on Friday night, and the Mets' loss to the Phillies, the Nats won the National League East division championship for the third time in the last five years. For the first time since 2014, there will be postseason baseball in Washington.

A lot has happened since they were eliminated from playoff contention last September. They hired a new manager in Dusty Baker and made key offseason additions like signing Daniel Murphy in free agency. Throughout this year they made upgrades by calling up leadoff hitter Trea Turner and trading for closer Mark Melancon. 

Their rotation has been a work in progress with spot starts from rookies and veterans. Stephen Strasburg signed a contract extension and then became a Cy Young contender before injuries disrupted his season. Joe Ross was also injured for months and Gio Gonzalez battled inconsistency. Meanwhile, Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark led the way as two of the best pitchers in baseball.

Their lineup saw Bryce Harper win NL Player of the Month in April, then drop off and fall into the worst slump of his career. Ben Revere, who was acquired this offseason to play a key role, didn't play to his career norms and neither did Ryan Zimmerman. It was Murphy and All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos who helped them stay afloat offensively. In the second half, Anthony Rendon caught fire and Turner changed everything with his speed and consistency at the top of their order.

Their bullpen has changed dramatically since Opening Day. Gone is Jonathan Papelbon, who was released after Melancon came over from Pittsburgh in a deadline trade. They traded for lefty Marc Rzepczynksi in August and added many September call-ups once their roster expanded.

As expected, the Nats' most potent competition within the division came from the New York Mets, the reigning NL champions. But New York was beset by injuries early on and lost Matt Harvey for the season. Lucas Duda and David Wright missed significant time, as did Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom. They played well enough to remain in playoff contention, but couldn't keep up with the Nationals.

The Nats beat the Mets 12-7 in their head-to-head series. That was a big change from 2015, when the Mets went 11-8 and swept the Nationals in two key series, one at the trade deadline and one in early September. This time it was the Nationals who took advantage, most notably with a sweep in late June and three straight wins in a four-game series in July. 

The Nationals have been mostly consistent this year, but they have had their downs, including a season-high seven-game losing streak in late June. That trimmed their division lead from six games to two in a span of one week. But the Nats followed that with six straight wins, including their sweep of the Mets on June 27-29. They came out of that stretch with a six-game lead in the NL East and never really looked back. Both the Mets and Marlins began to slide, while the Nats once again gained momentum.

The tone was set for the Nationals by their best start in team history. They began the year 18-7 mainly by beating up on lesser opponents including division foes Philadelphia and Atlanta. It wasn't until April 29, their 22nd game, that they played a team that made the playoffs the year before. That was the St. Louis Cardinals, but they had no trouble with them and earned in St. Louis to kick off an impressive road trip that also included two wins at the defending-champion Kansas City Royals.

Who the Nationals play in the playoffs has not been determined, though the Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be the most likely scenario. The Nats went 1-5 against them in head-to-head battles. Against the Chicaco Cubs, who clinched the NL Central, they went 2-5. Against the Giants and Cardinals, who could also be playoff bound, they went 4-3 and 5-2, respectively.

The Nationals will have to win plenty more games to bring home the first World Series title for a Washington baseball team since 1924. But the now know they will at least have a spot in the tournament, something they know is no small feat.

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