Yankees Clinch Playoffs, Eliminate Red Sox From Playoffs


Final, 6-1 Yankees: It took Mariano Rivera to do it, but the Yankees have beaten the Blue Jays and clinched a spot in the postseason.

Bottom 9th, 6-1 Yankees: The Yankees scored another run without driving it in with a hit, as Greg Golson grounded out and allowed Eduardo Nunez to score.

The Jays got their first two hitters on base in the ninth, but they'll need a miracle to win this one.

End 8th, 5-1: More dominance from Sabathia, who retired the side in order. He's needed just 96 pitches to make it through eight innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out eight Blue Jays.

Middle 8th, 5-1 Yankees: Yankees: New York scored yet another run without the benefit of an RBI hit, as Robinson Cano hit another sacrifice fly.

Top 8th, 4-1 Yankees: The Yanks scored their fourth run of the night. Incredibly, none have come via RBI hits. Two came on sacrifice flies, one on a fielder's choice, and this most recent one coming thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Alex Rodriguez.

Sabathia, meanwhile, is at just 81 pitches through seven innings as the Blue Jays have gotten just one hit since Snider's homer.

Middle 7th, 3-1 Yankees: The Yanks tacked on another run, this one on a fielder's choice hit by Derek Jeter. Brett Gardner scored on the grounder to third after he tripled. The Yankees are now just nine defensive outs away from clinching the playoffs.

End 4th, 2-1 Yankees: Same score from Toronto, as Sabathia has retired four straight batters after allowing the homer.

Bottom 2nd, 2-1 Yankees: Travis Snider lined a shot down the right-field line, clearing the fence on a line. The solo shot cut the Yankees' lead in half.

Top 2nd, 2-0 Yankees: The sacrifice fly strikes again, this one from Mark Teixeira.

Top 1st, 1-0 Yankees: Alex Rodriguez hit a lazy fly ball to right-center, but it was deep enough to score Derek Jeter, who tagged from third.

Pregame: Though the Red Sox' chances of making the postseason are slimmer than slim, they do still exist.

And provided the Yankees don't win on Tuesday or Wednesday, and provided the Red Sox win Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, this weekend's series in Boston could decide the wild card.

Of course, could is the operative word.

So while most have written off the Sox, this blog is for the select few who are praying for the ultimate miracle. We'll keep an eye on the Blue Jays-Yankees game up in Toronto and provide updates throughout the night. If the Yankees win, it's all over for the Red Sox.

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