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Yankees emphatically win AL East, top seed

7:35 AM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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The New York Yankees got to make the final statement in a jumbled American League finish.

It was emphatic, if anticlimactic.

The bottom line is that the threat of a one-game playoff to settle the AL East and then an even more threatening loser-go-home wild-card playoff is off the table thanks to a 14-2 victory Wednesday vs. the Boston Red Sox.

That would have been especially galling after leading the second-place Baltimore Orioles by 10 games in mid-July.

The division was wrapped up a couple of innings before the end when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at the Tampa Bay Rays was posted on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard, prompting dugout hugs and promising a couple of days off for a team that's still dogged by inconsistency despite outscoring Boston and beleaguered manager Bobby Valentine 28-7 in the final three games.

"I think the one thing that sometimes gets lost here is how hard it is to win a division," manager Joe Girardi said. "The Yankees have been extremely successful over the last 20 years, but it's not easy. Some years, it's much more of a grind than others."

Second baseman Robinson Cano, the Yankees' hottest hitter late in the season, hit two homers. And so did Curtis Granderson, who hit a career-low .232 but reached a career best of 43 home runs.

By winning the division by two games over the Orioles, the Yankees get to wait for the winner of Friday's Baltimore-Texas Rangers wild-card playoff. New York's division series will begin on the road Sunday with CC Sabathia the starting pitcher.

Last season, also with the AL's best record, the Yankees lost a five-game division series to the Detroit Tigers.

The bigger moment for the Yankees came Tuesday, when they broke a tie atop the division thanks to Raul Ibanez's pinch-hit, game-tying home run in the ninth inning and game-winning single in the 12th.

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