Avenue Magazine announces 2022 Made in Alberta award winners

From hot sauces and snowboards to craft beer and colouring books, local products are being featured in Avenue Magazine’s Made in Alberta awards. Tsering Asha talks to Global News Morning Calgary about some of the 2022 winners.

We all have a favourite, whether it’s your local go-to coffee shop, handmade goods store or Alberta-owned restaurant. But finding local businesses can be difficult, so Avenue Magazine has made the search easier for you with its Made in Alberta Awards.

Handed out annually for the last four years, the awards find who the magazine decides are the best of the best Alberta-made businesses in 10 different categories, including beauty, crafts and food.

“At its heart, the Made In Alberta Awards are a celebration of maker culture across the province,” Avenue Magazine’s editor-in-chief Shelley Arnusch said in a news release.

Experts were called in to judge the nominees, and this year also featured a readers’ choice award for each category that was selected by the public.

This year’s winners include:

  • best overall winner: Born Again Protein Brownie Mix by GroundUp eco-ventures, made in Okotoks
  • readers’ choice winner: Glass Oil Dispensers by Glass House Xperience, made in Calgary
  • Amy Willier award for Indigenous artisans: Citrus Shine Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Gift Set by Jack59 Inc., made in Edmonton
  • beauty category: Bar Soaps by CleanO2, made in Calgary
  • craft category: Mom and Baby Grizzly by Michelle Atkinson, made in Calgary
  • drink (alcoholic) category: Don’t Call Me Sweet Pea Garden Amaro by Field Notes, made in Edmonton/Fort Saskatchewan
  • drink (non-alcoholic) category: Botanical Cocktails by Wild Folk, made in Calgary
  • fashion and accessories category: Signature Collection by Kari Woo, made in Cochrane/Calgary
  • food (savoury) category: Dillapeño Beer Bread Kit by Lazy Bake, made in Calgary
  • food (sweet) category: Born Again Protein Brownie Mix by GroundUp eco-ventures, made in Okotoks
  • furnishings and home decor category: The Architect Metal and Walnut Dining Table by Iron Hide Woodworks, made in Edmonton
  • unique product category: Wild Life Outdoor Adventure Subscription Box by Wild Life Outdoor Adventures, made in Calgary

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All the winners and runners-up are featured in the October 2022 issue of Avenue and in a special annual Made in Alberta issue which is set to be distributed throughout the province and online.

The awards will be handed out on Oct. 12 at the Made in Alberta Conference and Awards which will be taking place at Calgary’s Central Library.

“We’re excited to welcome everyone to Calgary on Oct. 12 to feel the energy of Alberta’s diverse maker economy and toast the winning products of 2022,” Arnusch said.

The Made in Alberta Awards will also host two pop-up marketplaces in November which will feature winners and runners-up of the 2022 Made in Alberta Awards.

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Langley RCMP impound pair of vehicles clocked at over twice the speed limit

RCMP in Langley, B.C., say they impounded two vehicles Sunday evening after they clocked them going more than twice the speed limit.

Police say the vehicles, a pickup truck and a sedan, were both being driven by people with ‘New Driver’ licences when they were stopped around 7 p.m. in the 7600 block of 200 Street.

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The vehicles were recorded travelling at 156 km/h, in an area with a posted speed limit of 70 km/h, according to police.

“Langley RCMP Traffic Services would like to highlight the significant risk these incidents pose to the general public. Keeping our roads and community safe continues to be a priority,” Mounties said in a Tuesday media release.

“This high-risk driving behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets and highways. Our enforcement efforts will continue to target this conduct in our community.”

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Both vehicles were impounded for seven days, and each driver was handed a $483 excessive speeding ticket.

The drivers will also be on the hook for the towing and storage costs for their vehicles. Each driver will also face three driver penalty points, and face an additional $392 driver risk premium when they go to renew their insurance.

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Governor General Mary Simon to visit James Smith Cree Nation, Sask.

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Governor General Mary Simon is set to visit James Smith Cree Nation to share condolences with families affected by the Saskatchewan stabbings on Wednesday, according to an email from the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General on Tuesday night.

The Saskatchewan stabbings, which happened over this year’s Labour Day weekend, are considered one of the worst mass killings in recent Canadian history.

It started on Sept. 4 when local RCMP received multiple calls from James Smith Cree Nation about stabbings happening at different locations, which later developed into a four-day-long manhunt.

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Ten people were killed and 18 people were injured in the stabbings across 13 sites in James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon.

The two suspects also died — Damien Sanderson was found dead on Sept. 5 near a home in the James Smith Cree Nation, while his brother Myles Sanderson died from a drug overdose shortly after his arrest by RCMP on Sept. 7, Global News earlier reported.

On Sept. 5, Simon released a statement on the Saskatchewan stabbings, stating that she was “profoundly shocked to hear of the attacks.”

“I am filled with sadness for the survivors, families and friends who have lost loved ones from these communities,” she said. “These are devastating losses that words cannot even come close to describing.”

“Canadians today mourn with you and wish you courage during these difficult times,” she said.

Simon is Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General.

More to come…

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Albertans asked to cut back on electricity use Tuesday night as 'grid alert' issued for province

Albertans were asked to reduce their electricity consumption on Tuesday night as the entity responsible for the province’s electrical system issued a “grid alert.”

“(Grid alerts are issued) when the power system is under stress and we’re preparing to use emergency reserves to meet demand and maintain system reliability,” the Alberta Electric System Operator said in a post on its website.

“Consumers are asked to reduce their electricity use during grid alerts to help mitigate the possibility of undertaking more serious emergency measures to balance the system, including rotating power outages.”

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The alert was issued at 6:14 p.m. and then lifted at 8:45 p.m.

An AESO spokesperson told Global News there were two primary reasons the system was under enough stress to prompt the alert: an unexpected generator outage and a planned outage of the Alberta/B.C. interconnection, which meant Alberta could not import electricity to make up the shortfall.

He added that because of low wind in the province on Tuesday, the amount of wind energy available was not adequate to help offset the shortage.

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Torgersson scores twice as Jets down Senators 5-3 in preseason action

It was a game in which the quality of play would never be confused with a regular season NHL game.

It was sloppy. The referee’s microphone didn’t work. But hockey was played, and the Winnipeg Jets knocked off the Ottawa Senators 5-3 Tuesday night.

But despite getting their first exhibition victory, new head coach Rick Bowness had a pretty blunt assessment of his team’s play in their first home game of the preseason.

“I’ll never complain about a win,” said Bowness. “But listen, there’s a lot of work to be done here. And there is. I thought we started to skate better in the third. Other than that, no, not happy with the way we played at all.

“The two things that slow you up are long shifts and turnovers, and we were guilty of both.

“I just see bad habits that I don’t like and we got to fix them.”

Kyle Connor had a three-point night in his preseason debut, including a goal and two assists.

Jets 2020 second round draft pick Daniel Torgersson made a good impression in the win with a pair of goals and he came just a goal post away from his first hat trick in recent memory.

“It’s been awhile,” Torgersson said. “”It was one of the better days in Winnipeg so far. So, yes it’s a good day, a good game, and end with a win.”

As is commonplace in early preseason action, the home team’s lineup featured far more NHL regulars than the visitors, but you wouldn’t have known it for much of the night as the Senators kept things very interesting.

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Winnipeg opened the scoring 13:55 into the first when Connor, after playing keep-away from a number of Senators, found Torgersson in the slot and the Swede ripped home his first preseason goal.

But Ottawa tied it 40 seconds later. The Jets failed to clear the puck, there was miscommunication between Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg, and Cole Reinhardt found himself with plenty of time and space to wire one past Connor Hellebuyck.

The visitors took their first lead in the second period thanks to a Tyler Motte goal that followed more than seven minutes of hockey without a whistle. Ville Heinola pinched in the offensive zone and nobody covered for him, resulting in a 3-on-1 that Motte finished off.

The Jets’ power play would even the score at the 13:44 mark of the middle frame. Josh Morrissey fed Connor for a one-timer that was tipped in front by Mikey Eyssimont, one of four players in the Winnipeg lineup that also suited up in their preseason opener Sunday in Edmonton.

Less than 90 seconds later, Torgersson scored again thanks to some strong forechecking by his linemates, resulting in a tap-in goal from in front of the net.

The lead grew with less than a minute to go in the period. On the power play, Cole Perfetti led a rush into the zone, passing to Adam Lowry who sent it back door to a cutting Heinola for another tap-in.

But a defensive lapse 26 seconds later brought Ottawa within one. Motte won a puck battle in the corner and fed Shane Pinto, who wired it past Hellebuyck after nobody picked him up cutting into space.

Torgersson almost secured the hat trick early in the third but hit the post as Ottawa stayed within one until Winnipeg’s top scorer last season got in on the fun.

A loose puck in the Ottawa end was mishandled, landing right on the stick of Connor whose shot squeaked through Senators goalie Kevin Mandolese to make it 5-3.

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The Jets play their third of six preseason games Thursday evening in Montreal against the Canadiens with the puck dropping just after 6 p.m. Pre-game coverage on 680 CJOB begins at 4 p.m.


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Trudeau to visit Port Aux Basque, N.L. on Wednesday in wake of Fiona

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Port Aux Basque, Newfoundland and Labrador, on Wednesday in the aftermath of post-tropical storm Fiona.

His visit was confirmed in his agenda, made public Tuesday evening. Trudeau had previously promised to visit the region but did not say when. He canceled a visit to Japan for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral to stay in Canada while the east coast was hit by the storm.

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Trudeau began a visit to areas hardest hit by the storm on Tuesday, including Stanley Bridge in P.E.I., as well as Glace Bay and Sydney in Cape Breton, N.S.

The federal government has sent up to 450 troops to affected areas in P.E.I., Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to help aid in their recovery. Port Aux Basque, N.L., was hard hit by Fiona, with homes swallowed into the sea as the storm surged on.

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London, Ont. cycling advocates honour late cyclist, call for safer streets

Cycling advocates rode through the rain on Tuesday to call for safer streets in London, Ont., while mourning the loss of one of their peers, Jibin Benoy.

On the early morning of Sept. 18, Benoy was biking home from a night shift at a downtown restaurant, where the 29-year-old worked between classes at Fanshawe College.

On Hamilton Road near Little Grey Street, Benoy was fatally struck by a vehicle, shattering his dream of starting a new life in London with his wife, who was still back in their home country of India. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

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The vehicle, possibly a dark-coloured sedan with significant front end, hood and windshield damage, police said, fled the scene and has yet to be located.

“When I saw Jibin’s death, it hit super hard. He is my son, my son is him,” said Andrew Hunniford, the organizer of Tuesday’s Safe Streets Advocacy Ride.

“I have a 20-year-old son who works in the service industry late at night and uses a bike to reach (his job) … it could’ve been him. It keeps you up at night and I don’t want that anymore.”

At the corner of Hamilton Road and Inkerman Street, a "ghost bike" stands in memory of Jibin Benoy, who was struck and killed there earlier this month.

At the corner of Hamilton Road and Inkerman Street, a "ghost bike" stands in memory of Jibin Benoy, who was struck and killed there earlier this month.

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Tuesday’s ride began at the corner of Hamilton Road and Inkerman Street, where cyclists gathered at a memorial set up in honour of Benoy.

Hunniford spoke to the crowd of everything Benoy would never get to experience, along with why his death further illustrates an urgent need for better cycling infrastructure.

“We should take this accident seriously, we should have an engineer going, ‘what is wrong with Hamilton Road and how do we fix it tomorrow?'” Hunniford told Global News of his demands for the City of London.

“Tomorrow is possible … I’m asking them to stop choosing inaction.”

Tuesday’s group then travelled to the front steps of city hall, where they held a moment of silence for Benoy before ringing their bells to make their call for better cycling infrastructure heard.

“Not everyone can afford a car and we really do need to be making sure we’re providing safety for everyone,” said Colleen Murphy during Tuesday’s demonstration.

Murphy is running to be London’s next Ward 4 councillor in the city’s upcoming election, a decision she made in light of her desire for better cycling infrastructure.

“I want to see connected lanes throughout the city, so people can get to and from businesses,” Murphy added.

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Luis Patricio hasn’t owned a car since 2007 and has long advocated for better cycling infrastructure in London.

He lives just a few blocks away from where Benoy was fatally injured and says roadways like Hamilton Road, which has no bike lanes from Horton Street to Highbury Avenue, are in desperate need of cycling accommodation.

“The chain is as strong as the weakest link, so we can only claim that we have bike infrastructure and we are a bike-friendly city if we have a connected grid, and Hamilton Road is one of the main connectors to this city,” Patricio added.

Ben Durham and Natalia Danczak said their show of support at Tuesday’s demonstration was less to do with themselves and more to do with those who have no other option but to bike.

“Some people don’t have that choice, they don’t have the choice of getting in the car … because of that, we need safe cycling infrastructure,” Durham said.

“There’s still a lot of gaps within London … there needs to be more mindsets changing and evolving because right now the only way to get around is by car, it’s very car-centric,” Danczak added.

Danczak describes cycling in London as constantly “fighting for space,” especially along roadways that don’t offer protected cycling lanes.

“You have to be more assertive as a cyclist and if you’re not assertive and you’re closer to the curb of the road, you’re going to get pushed, and so that leads to more defensive cycling,” Danczak added.

The city says it has roughly 350 km of cycling paths, bike lanes and cycle tracks throughout London, however it is in the midst of drafting a long-term Mobility Master Plan. This will replace the city’s current Transportation and Cycling master plans, while also outlining priorities for the next 10 to 25 years.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the city will host a virtual webinar for the public to discuss the upcoming Mobility Master Plan, local transportation trends, feedback on the plan so far and future improvement opportunities.

A link to the upcoming webinar, as well as more details on the Mobility Master Plan, can be found on the City of London’s Get Involved website.

— with files from Global’s Matthew Trevithick

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Vancouver poised to again shatter North American gas price record: analyst

Gas prices in Metro Vancouver are once again poised to shatter an all-time North American record, and analysts say geography and politics mean slim chances for long-term relief.

“Gas will be 239.9 on Thursday and that will smash an all-time record for any city in North America. That’s Vancouver,” said Dan McTeague, fuel analyst and president of Canadians for Affordable Energy.

“This will smash that record by three to four cents per litre.”

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While Metro Vancouverites are shelling out record prices at the pumps, their countrymates in Toronto are paying somewhere in the ballpark of $1.49 per litre.

The difference means a 50-litre fill up in Toronto is more than $43 cheaper than in Vancouver.

That massive price difference is a result of the Lower Mainland relying on the U.S. west coast for the bulk of its supply, according to Paul Pasco, principal consultant with retail analytics platform Kalibrate.

“It’s a different supply chain and a different network that connects you, and you’re just a lot more closely tied to that west coast refining complex,” he said.

“The story you guys tell about what’s happening in Vancouver is the exact same story you can read about what’s going on in California.”

The entire west coast market is facing tightness of supply, a problem exacerbated by a lengthy maintenance shutdown at the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale, Wash., he said.

That has meant despite falling global crude prices, Metro Vancouverites haven’t seen a break at the gas bar.

“Vancouver sort of disconnected from the rest of Canada and has not followed the price of crude downward, and that is just the western seaboard, the supply is so tight that prices haven’t been able to come down and relax the same way they have across Canada,” he said.

Unlike Ontario and Alberta, British Columbia has also resisted cutting fuel taxes in an effort to offset prices.

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It’s a decision the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation (CTF) has targeted, arguing that as much as 75 cents of the price of a litre of gasoline is the product of varying taxes.

“Here in B.C. unfortunately we have the highest gas taxes not just in Canada but across north America,” CTF B.C. director Carson Binda said.

Those combined provincial, federal, carbon and transit taxes added about $20 to the cost to fill up an average mini van, he added.

“That’s the cost of a chicken and two jugs of milk at a time when we are struggling with affordability,” Binda said.

B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston defended the province’s approach to gas taxes, noting that nothing about gas taxes have changed as prices have fluctuated.

Ralston said the province was alive to the effects of surging fuel prices on B.C. families, pointing to recent ICBC rebates and a planned increase to upcoming coming carbon tax refunds.

But at the end of the day, he said the taxes are working as intended.

“Both the carbon tax and the low-carbon fuel standard contribute to dramatically reducing emissions and encouraging innovation in the fuel sector,” Ralston said.

“So given our climate goals, which everyone shares after summers of heat domes, floods and wildfires, I think people appreciate that as well.”

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Pasco said there may be some short-term relief on the way for drivers, with the Ferndale refinery expected to be back up and running by Thanksgiving.

But he said the structural pressures on the west coast market aren’t going anywhere, meaning more high prices come the new year.

It’s an analysis McTeague shared, adding international instability to the mix.

“Come November, December and January – look out,” he said.

“Heating oil, the problems in Europe, the fact they’re not getting any natural gas is going to put significant pressure on North American supplies, and that means the price is going to go up.”

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Judge 4 walks, still at 60 HR; Yankees win AL East, top Jays

TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees held a lively clubhouse party to cheer another AL East title. A celebration for home run history, that’s still on deck.

Judge walked four times and stayed at 60 homers, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, as the Yankees clinched the division by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Tuesday night.

“I’ll take four walks for a win every day,” said Judge, who scored twice.

The Yankees won their first division championship since 2019 and 20th overall, tied for second-most with the Dodgers behind Atlanta’s 21. New York (95-59) secured a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the Division Series.

“We knew this was coming, but it’s only step one,” Judge said.

The Yankees marked the clinching with loud, splashy fun in the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre, with beer and sparkling wine flowing freely.

“This is a big moment,” Judge said as beer dripped off his backwards cap.

Manager Aaron Boone, who carried a glass of Prosecco to his postgame news conference, certainly agreed.

“We can say we’re the best team in the best division this year, and it wasn’t easy,” Boone said. “We took everyone’s punches. We had some low moments but tonight is to be celebrated. It’s not easy going through the American League East and surviving.”

Judge lined out in his first at-bat and then drew four straight walks in his seventh straight game without a home run. He has walked 11 times in 30 plate appearances since hitting homer No. 60 against Pittsburgh last week.

All five of Judge’s plate appearances went to full counts — he saw 33 pitches, 14 strikes. His longest drought without a home run this year was nine games in mid-August.

“It’s just awesome to see the discipline and the consistency of the at bats while he’s going through this with all the attention around it,” Boone said. “I keep saying he’ll get there, he’ll get it, but to see him rack up quality at-bat after quality at-bat is impressive.”

The Yankees have eight games left in the regular season for Judge to tie or break the AL mark set by Maris in 1961. With the division now secure, however, Boone said he wasn’t sure Judge would play Wednesday.

“We’ll see,” Boone said.

Judge hasn’t missed a game since Aug. 3 at Seattle, the day before a Yankees off day. New York is off Thursday.

Judge’s batting average stayed at .314 as he went 0 for 1. He leads in all three AL Triple Crown categories.

Toronto (87-68) maintained its place atop the AL wild-card standings, but lost ground to Tampa Bay. The Jays lead the Rays by 1 1/2 games — Tampa Bay holds the tiebreaker.

Gleyber Torres had three hits and drove in three runs.

Jameson Taillon (14-5) pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He’s 4-0 in five career starts in Toronto.

Lou Trivino came on with runners at first and second and got George Springer to ground into an inning-ending double play on his first pitch.

Trivino wrapped it up in the ninth for his first save with the Yankees, and his 11th in 14 chances.

Kyle Higashioka had three hits and scored twice and Anthony Rizzo had two hits as New York won for the eighth time in nine games.

Many in the crowd of 40,528 booed when José Berríos (11-7) walked Judge in the third and fifth innings.

With Harrison Bader held out of the starting lineup, Judge moved over from right field to center field, and picked up one of two Yankee outfield assists in the sixth.

Bader came on as a defensive replacement in the seventh, shifting Judge to right.

Higashioka and Aaron Hicks chased Berríos with back-to-back doubles in the sixth, making it 4-1. Right-hander Zach Pop came on to face Judge and got ahead 0-2 before eventually issuing an eight-pitch walk, prompting more boos.

Blue Jays right-hander David Phelps got ahead of Judge 1-2 with back-to-back swings and misses in the eighth, but three of the next four pitches were balls.

Springer homered on Taillon’s second pitch of the game, but the Yankees right-hander retired 15 of the next 16 batters.

Springer’s home run was his 24th of the season and the 52nd leadoff homer of his career.

Taillon set down 10 straight following Whit Merrifield’s leadoff single in the third. Springer ended that streak with a one-out single in the sixth.

Bo Bichette followed with a single to center and beat the throw to second base, but was called out after umpire Tripp Gibson ruled Bichette didn’t have his foot on the base while being tagged by shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed with an RBI single but was thrown out at second base by left fielder Hicks, meaning Toronto’s rally ended with three straight hits.

“Vladdy flat-out has to run faster,” interim manager John Schneider said. “That’s inexcusable. I’ll tell him that.”

Berríos reached 1,000 career strikeouts when he caught Hicks looking to end the third.


Judge walked four times in a game for the second time in his career. He also did it Sept. 4, 2017, at Baltimore.

60 MEETS 60

Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews threw out the ceremonial first pitch. In April, Matthews became the first American-born player in NHL history to score 60 goals in a season. Along with Maple Leafs teammates Michael Bunting and Mitch Marner, Matthews and Judge posed for a photo outside the Yankees clubhouse before the game.


Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu (right toe inflammation) could return as soon as Wednesday after hitting and running the bases before the game. “The last couple of days have been encouraging for him,” Boone said. “There’s a chance he could be in play tomorrow. If not, I might push a little more till Friday.” After Thursday’s off day, New York wraps up its home schedule with three against Baltimore.


Yankees RHP Gerit Cole (12-7, 3.49 ERA) starts Wednesday’s series finale against Blue Jays RHP Mitch White (1-6, 5.12 ERA). Cole is five strikeouts away from breaking Ron Guidry’s 1978 mark of 248, the Yankees’ single-season record.


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Yankees beat Blue Jays 5-2, clinch AL East title

TORONTO – As the Toronto Blue Jays filed out of their clubhouse and into the night, the champagne-drenched New York Yankees returned to the Rogers Centre field to mug for a celebratory photo near the pitcher’s mound on Tuesday.

About a half-hour earlier, the Yankees claimed their 20th American League East title by defeating the Blue Jays 5-2.

The Yankees (95-59) eighth win in their last nine games provided an 8 1/2 game lead over the Blue Jays (87-68) with eight games remaining for New York and seven for Toronto.

“We knew this was coming, but it’s only step one,” Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said.

Judge scored twice with four walks and a first-inning line out to third as he remained stuck at 60 homers, one shy of the AL record set by Roger Maris in 1961.

The patient Judge has gone seven games without a homer since he belted his 60th on Sept. 20. But he has walked 12 times in the last seven outings.

“I’ll take four walks for a win every day,” Judge said.

New York second baseman Gleyber Torres drove in three runs with three singles before 40,528 fans.

Yankees starter Jameson Taillon (14-5) was brilliant. After George Springer smacked a solo shot to straightaway centre for his 52nd career leadoff homer on the second pitch, Taillon (14-5) settled down.

He retired 16 of the next 17 Blue Jays. Only Whit Merrifield reached base on an infield hit before Springer and Bo Bichette singled in the sixth inning.

Springer scored on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s shot down the left field line but, like Bichette before him, was thrown out at second base.

“Vladdy flat-out has to run faster,” interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. “That’s inexcusable. I’ll tell him that.

“Every 90 feet matters this time of the season. That wasn’t our best right there.”

Taillon’s 94-pitch outing saw him depart with one out in the eighth inning. He gave up two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no free passes.

Toronto starter Jose Berrios (11-7) was knocked out of the game after 5 1/3 innings. He yielded nine hits on five runs with two walks and seven strikeouts.

He pitched well despite his situation. When the Blue Jays were in Tampa Bay last weekend, he helped prepare his home in that area and make evacuation plans for his family because of Hurricane Ian.

The Yankees’ offence picked up in the third inning. Catcher Kyle Higashioka, who also belted out three hits, began the two-run splurge with a single and advanced to second after Judge walked.

Anthony Rizzo’s single to right scored Higashioka and Judge followed him home after a Torres bouncer up the middle.

Judge scored again in the fifth after a leadoff walk, followed by singles from Rizzo and Torres.

The Yankees picked up two more an inning later thanks to back-to-back doubles from Higashioka and Aaron Hicks and another RBI single from Torres.

“They gave themselves quite a cushion in the first half,” Schneider said of the Yankees clinching in Toronto.

“We’re hoping to play deep into October. You move on. You got to go out tomorrow and try to win the series.”


Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews delivered a ball high with his ceremonial pitch to Alek Manoah.

Matthews wanted to throw from the mound. However, he was instructed by the Blue Jays mascot to make his toss in front of the mound.

Matthews played baseball and hockey as a kid in Scottsdale, Ariz. His father played baseball at the collegiate level. Mitch Marner and Michael Bunting accompanied their linemate to the Rogers Centre.


Mitch White (1-6) will face Yankees righty Gerrit Cole (12-7) in the series rubber match on Wednesday. In his only career start against New York, White gave up seven hits and one run with five strikeouts in four innings in a no-decision at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 20.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2022.

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