New York Yankees defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-3

It began 85 years ago when Babe Ruth christened Yankee Stadium with a home run to right field.

It ended Sunday night as it should have, with wild applause for the greatest Yankees - past and present - who brought 26 World Championships to the historic baseball cathedral.

The grand finale had the feel of a World Series game with red, white and blue bunting hanging from the decks and was capped with a storybook 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

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Debbie Fox and her friends weren't able to score tickets to the final game at Yankee Stadium Sunday night, so they settled for the next best thing - a bar across the street.

They saddled up to the bar at legendary Yankees watering hole Stan's - just a pop fly from where the action was taking place inside.

"We couldn't get tickets, but what better place to be than here?" said Fox, 49, of Watertown, N.Y. "This is where all the hardcore Yankees fans go."

Thousands of...

SAYING GOODBYE:: The last regular-season game in Yankees Stadium's 85-year history started with a ceremony that honored some of the best players in franchise history and ended with a Yankees victory. The Yankees went 4,133-2,430-17 in the stadium and won 26 world championships.

ROAD WORRIERS: : The Orioles finished the road trip with a 1-5 record, losing five straight after beating Toronto in the first of the six-game trip. They finished the season with a 31-50 record a...

NEW YORK - They came to the 85-year-old stadium one more time, arriving early and in droves, not only to cheer their favorite team, but also to pay their respects to a place that for so long has felt like a second home.

Of course, the end result was important. It always is for New Yorkers, who have celebrated 26 world championships in this very place. But the night was more about saying goodbye to Yankee Stadium, which will never again host a regular-season baseball gam...