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Jays ride gem by Estrada

SEATTLE—After weeks of mostly poor performances, Marco Estrada once again flirted with a no-hitter for Toronto.

And just when the Blue Jays needed that quality of a performance.

Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run, as the Jays edged the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night in the opener of a critical three-game series.

Love adds trio to Ryder Cup team

CHASKA, Mn.—When Davis Love III and the U.S. Ryder Cup team come to Hazeltine at the end of the month, they’ll be looking to avoid an unprecedented fourth-straight defeat to the Europeans.

The U.S. has spent two years planning and strategizing in hopes of turning the tide, and Love’s first three captain’s picks lean heavily on experience as they try to end the skid.

Amped up attitude greets ‘Chase’

RICHMOND, Va.—After seven months and 28 races, NASCAR has hit that part of the season that really matters.

The start of the playoffs signifies a shift in attitude and aggression. And if there was any doubt the mindset had changed, Kevin Harvick posted a warning about his mood for the next 10 weeks.

It was a video of an angry bull charging into the grandstands.

Bombers swap quarterbacks

WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Blue Bombers sent out one quarterback and brought in another with a familiar face in two different trades yesterday.

Winnipeg traded Drew Willy to the Argonauts for Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, the Argos’ third-round pick in the 2018 draft, and defensive back T.J. Heath.

Blue Jays open series with loss to Yankees

NEW YORK—Sensing the season’s dwindling days, the N.Y. Yankees opened their penultimate homestand by falling behind on Masahiro Tanaka’s seventh pitch of a sunny Labor Day afternoon.

But Jacoby Ellsbury turned the deficit into a lead on R.A. Dickey’s third offering of the day, and New York remained on the periphery of contention for a post-season berth with four weeks to go.