The win guarantees that the Yankees will be in the playoffs but they are not done yet. Their magic number to win the American League East is just two. They can reach that tonight if they finish the sweep of the doubleheader combined with a Red Sox loss to the Orioles.
Hector Noesi started this game and pitched a good first two innings, but he ran into a wall in the third inning and allowed a two-run homer to Desmond Jennings. The whole bullpen then came in to get the final 6.1 innings worth of Rays out and the only pitcher you heard of is Mariano Rivera who closed out the game for save no. 603 (only slightly exaggerating).
The Yankees got their offensive contributions mainly from Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez who both got two hits, Jeet had a walk too. Alex Rodriguez got a bit RBI in the 1st, and Robinson Cano put them ahead with a two-RBI double in the 8th after Nunez’s tying homer.
Like I said, the Yankees have more to work for. There is the AL East and home field advantage to worry about. But Yankees fans should relax and take in the entire season. It has been a fun one. Not every fan base gets to the playoffs 16 times in 17 years, don’t take it for granted.