Yankees eliminated from Wild Card race after 8-3 loss to Rays

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After a long struggle and fight, the Yankees season will officially come to an end on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees loss, combined with the Cleveland Indians 7-2 victory eliminated the Yankees from the wild card race, the second time in 19 years that the Yankees have missed the postseason.

The Yankees had only a small amount of hope entering tonight’s game, but the game quickly slipped away when Phil Hughes (who most likely made his last start in pinstripes), gave up three runs. David Huff was also charged with three runs, while Preston Claiborne gave up a run on his own.

Eduardo Nunez was the Yankees main offense for the team, scoring two of the Yankees three runs. The third run was a bases loaded walk, which gave Lyle Overbay an RBI.

Joe Girardi admitted that he was scoreboard watching the entire night, and when the Indians won he said that it really hurt just watching the playoff hopes drift away.

Phil Hughes wants to be a Yankee next season. Good luck with that Phil.

 Now that the Yankees are officially out of contention, there’s one more thing Mariano Rivera wants to do: he wants to play CF for one inning. With the Yankees heading to Houston after tomorrow’s series finale, I don’t see a reason why Mo’s final wish shouldn’t be granted.

Photo credit: (September 24, 2013 – Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

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5 Responses to Yankees eliminated from Wild Card race after 8-3 loss to Rays

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    I actually could see the club bringing Hughes back, what with Andy retiring, Kuroda looking old and shot the last two months, and Sabathia being fat and out of shape. But let's hope not.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I agree. Kuroda has looked really tired all of September, Andy's gone and I think CC needs to gain weight instead of lose it. He wasn't able to adjust in his new "body". He was better when had more weight on him.

  2. Michael R says:

    If I remember correctly Phil had some success as a short reliever so if he stays maybe (???), just maybe, he could regain his confidence and his fastball in that capacity. That being said, if I were the Yanks I'd certainly cut him loose.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I don't see Hughes returning to the Yankees. He was great as a reliever but the Yankees messed with his head too much, trying to make him something he wasn't. Same thing goes for Joba Chamberlain. It's like the Boston Red Sox / Daniel Bard drama all over again. I'm not saying it doesn't work all the time, but Yankees never should have touched Hughes to make him a starter.

  3. gcorcoran says:

    They should let him play CF for a whole game. Why the f not?