September 28, 2020

Two games, two wins, two clinches for Yankees

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NEW YORK (AP) — All is well with the New York Yankees — at least for the next week.

Bubbly was spilling on the dark blue clubhouse carpet, some players wearing goggles to protect themselves from the spray. Jorge Posada’s pinch single had driven in two runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, completing a memorable doubleheader sweep Wednesday and clinching the AL East.

“We got something special going on here. Hopefully, we can continue this ride,” Posada said.

About 6½ hours earlier, Robinson Cano’s two-run double in the eighth led the Yankees to a 4-2 win in the opener, a victory that clinched New York’s 16th playoff berth in 17 years.

But players merely exchanged handshakes after that one — Yankees blase at its best. They vowed to let loose when they secured the division crown, their 12th in 16 seasons.

And when it was time to celebrate, they broke out only the domestic — Mumm Napa Brut Prestige — and Lunetta Prosecco from Italy. Having won 27 World Series titles, the Yankees save the good French champagne for only the biggest of championships.

Hard to remember back to March, when many picked Boston as the division favorite after the Yankees failed to sign Cliff Lee and lost Andy Pettitte to retirement. At the same time, the Red Sox added Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

 

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