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Yankees claim AL East, home field; A’s to take on Tigers

Oct 3, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Jeter Reuters

By losing 4-1 to the Rays, the Orioles settled things in the American League playoff picture this evening. The Yankees will face the wild card winner, either the Orioles or Rangers, in one ALDS and the A’s will get the Tigers in the other.

The Orioles will travel to Texas to play a one-game playoff Friday. Joe Saunders and Yu Darvish are the expected starters.

The Yankees cruised past the Red Sox 14-2 in Wednesday’s finale, giving them the AL’s best record at 95-67. They’ll have home-field advantage until the World Series. The NL already secured home field in the World Series by winning the All-Star Game.

The AL West champion Athletics are the two-seed with 94 wins. The Orioles and Rangers both finished with 93 wins, but Texas had the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the head-to-head series 5-2.

The Yankees will begin their postseason in either Baltimore or Texas on Sunday, with CC Sabathia expected to start. The ALDS series this year will have the lower seed hosting the first two games, with the high seed going home for Games 3-5.

The A’s will play in Detroit on Saturday. Jarrod Parker or Brett Anderson could start that one against Justin Verlander.

  1. beefytrout - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    So actually, the Yankees get home field advantage for 1 out of the 3 playoff series… is that really “throughout”?

    • beefytrout - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Never mind. I’ve made a huge mistake.

      • Otto Schmitz - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        It wasn’t really Job huge

      • beefytrout - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        Ca-ca-CAW! Ca-ca-CAW!

      • southofheaven81 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        Still…where’d the lighter fluid come from?

  2. randygnyc - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Congrats to the best team in the American league, the New York Yankees!!!!!

    • southofheaven81 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      You can thumbs-down in this if you want, but they still have the best record.

      • redsoxfan75 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        Ahhhh yeah. Best record by 1 game !!! Lol. Congrats. Your bragging like you won 150 games this year. Best record my ass. 1 game. Pathetic

      • bigharold - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        ” Best record my ass. 1 game. Pathetic”

        Are you really that bad at math?? The best record, as in wom the most games. Nobody said anything about winning 150 games, .. except you.. The Yankee won 95 games, .. more than ANY other AL team, .. hence the best record. Or, if you care to look at it in way that you might understand, .. the Yankees won about as many games as the RS lost.

        How’s the view from the basement looking? Talk about pathetic.

      • southofheaven81 - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Quoth the poet Vin Diesel: “It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.”

    • hojo20 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      Like it matters. The lost at home to the Tigers in the deciding game last season.

    • marespo - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Versus American Leagues teams:

      Oakland W 84 L 60
      Yankees W 82 L 62
      Who are the best ? Mmmmmmm

      Anyway for me the interleague is a real bad thing : an example , every year Texas played vs Astros meanwhile Athletics played vs Giants…..really starting
      a race with an handicap…..

  3. randygnyc - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Yankees will have home field in the ALDS and ALCS, if they make it that far. The NL gets home field advantage because a cheater, cheated.

    • hungryjack1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      The NL gets home field advantage because of MLB stupity for tying an exhibition game to the World Series championship.

      • mrredlegz - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:11 AM

        Yeah. Maybe they should just give the NL home field advantage because they have 2 teams with more wins than any AL team. Exhibition games be damned.

    • jennstergersburnedretinas - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Did you have a problem with A-Rod cheating and getting a WS ring in ’09?

  4. husky2score - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Stupid yankees I’m watching the presidential debate.

    • badintent - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      Now That’s a REAL upgrade ! I bet you watch paint dry too, if the Red soxxy lose again………………Boo hoo. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !

      • husky2score - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        Actually, I am an O’s fan. Red Sox suck.

      • redsoxfan75 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        Wow I know my team sucks this year but , how old r u with that comment ??? Like 4 ??? Waaaaa. Really ?? Really ???

      • bozosforall - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:36 AM

        Redsoxidiotfan04, waaaaah? You Boston crybabies have been perfecting the boo hooing for the last 100 years…STHU LOSER.

      • dman6015 - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        Actually it would be 92 out of 94 years. The Sox did manage to win two World Series since 1918. Of course, the Yankees won 27 World Series in that same time period.

  5. yankeesgameday - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I thought the division winner never played the wild card team if it was from their own division. Meaning the Yanks CAN’T play the Os if they beat Texas?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      That was the rule, but it was changed this year.

    • mrredlegz - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:13 AM

      Whatsamatta? You skeered?

      • jennstergersburnedretinas - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Yes, of loving your mom too much.

  6. proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Congratulations to Brett Gardner who got a hit on the first pitch he faced after a long injury.

    • RickyB - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      He actually came to the plate the night before and grounded out, but either way it’s good to have him make it back after a very frustrating season for him.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        I missed that at bat.

  7. dawgpoundmember - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Dave: hey maggs!
    Magglio: si?
    Want to throw out first pitch Saturday?
    Magglio: si!

  8. dirtdawg54 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Even sweeter with the Red Sox out of the playoffs – and miserably so – for three years running.

  9. randygnyc - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Proudly- Gardner had an at bat Monday night.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      Thanks Randy

  10. yankeesfanlen - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Much as I like to carp about various and sundry things about the Universe, Congratulations to them for making it to the playoffs without a suicide game.

  11. thatyankeedude - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Congrats Boyz!!! Now on to bigger and better things!!

  12. ericellers - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I believe the Yankees would fair better against the rump Rangers plus I’d love to watch that idiot Ron Washington bite it!

  13. ericellers - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    O’s band wagon fans will disappear as soon as they go back to their old selves. Unlike are old and valid nemesis those sox fans! They know mental pain and are some of the guttiest and loyal fans going. And that’s from a Yankee fan.

  14. thatyankeedude - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Really after 162 games I know this little Redsox fan isn’t complaining about celebration from a team that actually wins. Sorry you had a long miserable season this year, maybe bobby v can make it up to you next year:)

    • jayscarpa - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      I’m a Yankees fan but here is some good news for the Sox:

      “The Red Sox hired Eddie Bane as a special assistant, player personnel. Bane spent the last two seasons as a scout for the Detroit Tigers. He was director of scouting for the Angels from 2004-10. Among the players picked under his direction: Jered Weaver, Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.”

      It’s not much of a rivalry unless you have two good teams.

  15. philliesblow - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I hate the Yankees with the white-hot intensity of 1,000,000 suns. But I do have to respect that they pulled off the best AL record after losing the greatest closer of all time to injury. A similar problem would have sunk most teams.

    OK, enough of being classy…………. GO TIGERS!!!!

  16. heathater4lifeson - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Can you do the Bernie lean?

  17. uyf1950 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Congratulations to the Yankees and the other 9 teams that made the postseason. I’m not a big fan of the extra wild card team or of what I’ll call the play in game but I guess it accomplished what MLB wanted it to.
    Also, I want to congratulate all the good baseball fans here at HBT, by far one of the better sites for fans to talk baseball both in season and pre-season without most of the garbage of other sites. Lets all enjoy the next 3 weeks.

  18. ericellers - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    To all you fans who’s teams spent a small fortune in the last few off seasons and still didn’t make the playoffs( you know who you are) now you can stop with the bull S about $$$ buying a WS! Cause just ask the sox , angels ,phillies etc etc, Yankees are a great “Team” cause they play like a ” Team” and have for many ears now, some other clubs have played as teams and their payoff is making it into the post season. Congrats to them!
    As for the ones who won’t watch the playoffs cause their team didn’t make it.( Homer fans) go subscribe to golf network. For the fans who’s teams have been eliminated and continue to watch just for the love of the game, lets hope for some exciting BB! Go Yankees!!

  19. ericellers - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    ” for many ears now” hahaha @ me!

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