Yankees Clinch a Playoff Spot

It was a weird game as the Yankees needed eight pitchers for this one, but they got it done as they bullpen by committee held the Rays to just two runs in a 4-2 victory at Yankee Stadium today.

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.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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2 Responses to Yankees Clinch a Playoff Spot

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    …and in Game 2, Posada comes through in the 8th with a 2-run single as the Yanks win 4-2 (his last great Yankees moment???). The win, combined with Boston's loss (Red Sox folding like a cheap accordion) makes the Yanks A.L. East champs. Now for best record in the league. BTW, All 45 ESPN analysts, when making their predictions this spring, picked Boston to win the AL East. It was unanimous. It's nice to say now to them, EAT MY SHORTS!

  2. 9 ESPN guys didn't even think the Yankees could make the playoffs. I'm thinking Posada locked up a playoff spot tonight. Never going to convince Girardi his bat isn't a weapon off the bench now.

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