Yankees Clinch Home Field for AL Wild Card Game



While the Sox will carry five starts, only four will actually get the nod to start games.

On the other hand, J.A. Happ definitely will for the Yankees in the playoffs and for quite a while that appeared to be a cause for concern. "If you would have told us at the beginning of the year that we would break that record, you would have probably thought Giancarlo was hitting 50 or 60, Judgie is hitting 50 or 60, Gary is hitting".

And in so doing, they clinched home field for Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics.

The Yankees and A's split six games this season, both going 2-1 in their own ballpark.

The New York Yankees broke the single-season record for home runs by a team in a season when Gleyber Torres launched No. 265 on Saturday. His brother Alex Cora is the rookie manager of the Red Sox.

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Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson (4-5) allowed two runs in three innings and left with a 2-0 deficit. Martinez and Mookie Betts command the plate. In 11 starts with NY, the 6-foot-5 Haap owns a 2.68 ERA and has fanned 63 batters in 63-2/3 innings.

Right fielder Aaron Judge believes Yankees fans make having home-field advantage matter. Pearce changed all that with the first pitch Haap threw him.

So there was nothing at stake on Saturday when these two longtime rivals met, and NY earned its 100th victory for the 20th time in franchise history.

This will be the second straight season NY has hosted the AL wild-card game.

The two-run shot by Torres drove in Greg Bird and gave NY a 4-1 lead.

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NY homered four times Friday night in an 11-6 win over the Red Sox, which evened the Yankees with the 1997 Mariners ' total set by a lineup that included Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez. The Yankees had the third-best record in baseball, behind Boston and Houston.

After Greg Bird's RBI double put NY up 2-1 in the fourth, Torres hit a 1-1 pitch from Rodriguez out to right, sailing over the head of Blake Swihart at the bullpen wall and giving the Yankees the record-breaking 265th homer. With one out and runners on second and third, Eduardo Nunez hit one to the right side, beyond the pitcher's reach. Judge battled injuries after hitting 52 as a rookie; Stanton dropped from 59 to 37. Half of the bat sailed into the stands and the other half got enough of the pitch to line softly into center field for a run-scoring single. He allowed a hit, hit a batter and surrendered two runs.

Sep 18, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Ryan Brasier (70) reacts after giving up a three run home run to New York Yankees first baseman Neil Walker (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium.

Bogaerts forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. The Indians have played.500 ball throughout the final month of the season, but their primary bullpen issues have been resolved with a recent return to form by Cody Allen and sustained health from Andrew Miller.

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