Yankees clinch playoff spot after 2-year absence, top Boston

The Yankees haven’t seen consistency from him at all this season.


The correct way to evaluate what the Yankees accomplished by clinching an American League wild-card berth Thursday night is to ask yourself one question.

Wednesday night against the Red Sox, Tanaka allowed four runs in five innings, but three of those came on a home run in the first.

Wasn’t that supposed to be the plan when this Yankees team assembled down in Tampa Florida back in February?

“I will be happy if I get given the chance to come back here, ” said Chen, a client of agent Scott Boras, through a translator.

The New York Yankees battle the Baltimore Orioles in game one of their DH on Saturday.

There are about a dozen different scenarios over the final weekend of the regular season and a good chunk of those scenarios end with a three-way tie for the final Wild Card spot between the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins.

“This is their playoff and they want to make an impact”, said A-Rod, who struck out twice and grounded into a double play.

The victor of the AL Wild Card game will move on to the ALDS, which gets underway on Thursday, October 8.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy for the Yankees.

Loud hip-hop music blared, and champagne and beer flowed while players congratulated each other and posed for pictures inside the clubhouse wearing grey t-shirts reading “Postseason is Ours”. They’ll have to sweep Cleveland to do so.

Hill finished his four starts allowing five earned runs in 29 innings (1.55 ERA) and while striking out 36 and walking five. And that’s not something you can predict that’s going to happen. I like our confidence. The stage – Boston’s historic Fenway Park – was set for a one-game, winner-take-all battle. We had a lot of challenges that we had to overcome. The 40-year-old Rodriguez played a big part, too, hitting 33 home runs after serving a drug suspension last season.

Projected by many to finish around or even below.500, the Yankees (87-72) clinched a spot in Tuesday’s wild card game. The Yankees, who have been struggling with injuries and age issues the last couple years can finally breathe a sigh of relief as they made the postseason for the first time in more than two years. “The one thing about baseball is you play for eight months and there is no lucky breaks”.

“We’ll never forget what Derek [Jeter] did for this organization”, Girardi explained to the press after the game about the team transitioning in 2015 after the shortstop’s retirement. Yogi (Berra) retired, Mickey Mantle retired, Joe D, retired. The Yankees have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 496 extra base hits. The Yankees went 1-for-8 and left six on base. That is, not being as bad at the plate as he was the past six weeks in this comeback season. And the Yankees need Carlos Beltran to be that catalyst also. He has also swatted 19 homers and driven in 59 runs in that span. That remains undetermined, Girardi said. Machi gave up a solo home run to Bird to have the Yankees up 3-1.


“It feels like an eternity”, Sabathia said. He wanted to assert himself again as the ace of a pitching staff that has been inconsistent, and Sabathia backed up his claim. “He wanted to be there for the club all year and be somebody we could count on, and he was”.

NEW YORK NY- OCTOBER 01 John Ryan Murphy #66 of the New York Yankees scores a run against Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox in the second inning during their game at Yankee Stadium