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Yankees at Blue Jays: New York clinches postseason berth

The New York Yankees are headed to the 2012 postseason as they and the Texas Rangers won on Sunday.

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Rangers' victory sends Yankees to 2012 postseason

The New York Yankees clinched a postseason berth Sunday night, as the Texas Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 8-7, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The victory helped the Rangers (93-66) clinch the American League West Division crown and eliminated any chance of the Angels (88-71) catching the Yankees (92-67) or Baltimore Orioles (92-67) for one of the two AL Wild Card spots. The Oakland Athletics (91-68) have a three-game lead on Anaheim and the Tampa Bay Rays for the final Wild Card berth.

The Rangers' division-clinching win came just hours after the Yankees earned a come-from-behind victory, 9-6, over the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite the post-season berth, New York will be still looking to collect the AL East Division pennant and avoid the one-game (anything-can-happen) playoff that Wild Card teams need to play in to move onto the AL Division Series.

To do so, the Yankees will probably need to sweep their long-time rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in their season-ending three-game series at Yankee Stadium and hope for a loss from the Orioles. On Monday, Baltimore begins a three-game set at the Rays, who will be looking to end the Orioles' four-game winning streak.


Yanks come back on Blue Jays, 9-6

It didn't come easy, but the New York Yankees were able to avoid losing another game in the AL East race by beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-6.

After five innings, the Yanks had fallen behind 5-1, but the offense would wake from their slumber by scoring three runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and two more in the ninth.

Phil Hughes struggled in his start, going just 4⅔ innings and allowing five runs on eight hits. Derek Lowe came out of the bullpen to halt the bleeding, pitching 1⅔ clean innings to help the Yankees get control back.

Leading the offensive assault for the Yankess were Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. Both went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez each came through with two hits a piece to assist the cause.

With the Orioles defeating the Red Sox this afternoon, the Yankees remain tied with the O's for first place in the AL East.


New York falls to Toronto, 3-2

New York's offense disappeared after the first inning, as the Yankees lost 3-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays.


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Curtis Granderson lines pitcher's glove off

Curtis Granderson hit a ball so hard that it ripped off the glove of Toronto pitcher Curtis Jenkins. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to get on base and drive his teammate home.

The Yankees are facing the Blue Jays with division title hopes on the line, and Granderson came to the plate in the top of the first with Nick Swisher on second. He made contact and had to feel good. Then this happened:


That's Jenkins' glove flying off, then dropping right back in his hands.

Even with the missed opportunity, the Yankees still lead the Blue Jays, 3-0, in the second inning. NIck Swisher drove in two runs with a double in the first inning and the Yankees got their third run when Derek Jeter grounded into a double play to bring in Raul Ibanez.

New York looks to stay in first place by themselves, as the Orioles are blowing out the Red Sox.


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A-Rod returns to the lineup against the Jays

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returns to New York's lineup as the designated hitter on Thursday night when the team starts a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Rodriguez fouled a ball off his right foot on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, forcing him to sit out the series finale on Wednesday.

Rodriguez has struggled through September with the Yankees locked in a tight division battle, posting just a .689 OPS and slugging just three home runs in 89 at-bats. New York is 1½ games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East with seven to play.

The Blue Jays will try to play spoiler with ace Brandon Morrow on the mound in the series opener. Morrow has struggled as of late, going 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA in his last three starts.

Ivan Nova takes the hill for the Yankees. He is 12-7 with a 4.94 ERA on the year. He went just 2⅓ innings while giving up three runs in his last start against the A's.

First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. ET. Full lineups:


1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Ichiro Suzuki RF

3. Alex Rodriguez DH

4. Robinson Cano 2B

5. Nick Swisher 1B

6. Curtis Granderson CF

7. Russell Martin C

8. Raul Ibanez LF

9. Jayson Nix 3B

Blue Jays

1. Brett Lawrie 3B

2. Colby Rasmus CF

3. Edwin Encarnacion DH

4. Yunel Escobar SS

5. Adam Lind 1B

6. J.P. Arencibia C

7. Kelly Johnson 2B

8. Moises Sierra RF

9. Anthony Gose LF

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