The New York Yankees clinched at least the American League Wild Card spot last night after defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-4. Robinson Cano drove in five runs, three of which came on a home run in the 5th inning, and Chien-Ming Wang picked up his 19th victory for the second year in a row.
In a surprising move to many within the Yankees organization, George Steinbrenner showed up for the game and even took part in the celebration with the players briefly. Steinbrenner has reportedly been ill this year as he continues to get older. However, he sat in a luxury box for last night’s game and even started speaking with fans when the Yankees had the game in hand.
After going 21-29 to begin the season, the Yankees have gone 70-38 to finish out the year as the hottest team in baseball. They will most likely play the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the playoffs, with the Boston Red Socks facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the other American League Series.
On the other side of the Majors, no National League team has clinched a spot in the playoffs yet. The New York Mets are now only a single game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies, a trait they share with the Arizona Diamondbacks who are only one game ahead of the San Diego Padres. The Chicago Cubs hold the biggest lead in the National League, which is two games over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Padres lead the Wild Card as of today, with the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies only one game back.