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Rays and Yankees clinch, but there's still work to do

Sep 28, 2010, 10:03 PM EST

It’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, but we now officially know who is playoff-bound in the American League.

In front of a crowd of 17,891, the Rays just shut out the Orioles by the score of 5-0, clinching the franchise’s second ever trip to the postseason. David Price delivered eight shutout frames en route to his 19th win of the season, striking out eight and walking none. He now ranks third in the American League with a 2.73 ERA. Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford both homered in the win.

We also just witnessed the Yankees defeat the Blue Jays by the score of 6-1, clinching at least the Wild Card and officially eliminating the Red Sox. CC Sabathia 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball on the win, allowing just three hits while striking out eight and walking a pair. The big left-hander now leads the American League with 21 wins to go along with a 3.18 ERA. Sabathia is not going be the AL Cy Young, but apparently he’s good enough to win the AL MVP.

OK, so here’s where we stand after tonight’s action. The Rays (94-63) remain a half-game in front of the Yankees (94-64) in the American League East.

(As reader Andrew reminds us, the Rays are technically 1 1/2 games up since they hold the tiebreaker vs. the Bombers)

The rest of the week breaks down like this:

Rays: Five games – one vs. BAL, four at KC 

Yankees: Four games – one at TOR, three at BOS

  1. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Work to do? What the hell…
    .
    Oh, you mean by them. What a relief. I was afraid I was going to have to miss the playoffs.

  2. namhob - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Reds clinched, too. Glad you could take the time to mention it…

  3. andrewlw - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    The Rays are really 1.5 ahead since a tie goes to them.

  4. Giant Space Ants - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Boo-hoo.

  5. easports82 - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    “Rays: Five games – one vs. BAL, three at KC ”
    1+3 = 5? I must’ve missed something in math class….

  6. Omega in Colorado - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    My gut tells me it is going to be a Rays vs Phillies World Series.
    I like the sound of that, and would definitely tune it to watch (or at least DVR it).

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