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Yankees clinch playoff berth

Posted on: September 21, 2011 4:32 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

For the 16th time in the past 17 years, the New York Yankees will take part in the postseason, as their come-from-behind, 4-2 win over the Rays Wednesday afternoon clinched a playoff berth. The win also eliminated the Rays from contention in the AL East -- though they're still in the wild-card race -- and lowered the Yankees' magic number to two over the Red Sox. That means a cominbination of Yankees wins and Red Sox losses equaling two the rest of way gives the Yankees their 17th AL East championship.

The Yankees appeared headed for a loss Wednesday, heading into the eighth trailing 2-1, but an Eduardo Nunez homer tied it and began a rally. Second baseman Robinson Cano then had the big blow, as he doubled in two and put the Yankees on top for good.

The Yankees also have a five-game lead over both the Rangers and Tigers for the best record in the AL, with just seven games to play. So we can expect the Yankees to be the No. 1 seed in the AL. They'll only be without home-field advantage in the postseason if they make the World Series -- where the NL has home-field due to winning the All-Star Game.

Don't expect lots of celebration. First of all, the Yankees have another game to play Wednesday night. Secondly, the Yankees are a different animal. They consider seasons failures if they don't win it all. If they do so this year, it will be the sixth world championship in the past 16 seasons.

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