At one point, the Yankees said they weren't worried about winning the American League East title -- instead, they just wanted to make the playoffs.
Hours after clinching a postseason spot, manager Joe Girardi changed course, rolling out a lineup full of regulars, minus Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.
"You see our lineup," Girardi told reporters, including the Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig . "We're playing to win this division. We'll be smart about it, but we're still playing to win this division."
The Yankees are a half-game behind the Rays, who finish their home schedule tonight against the Orioles before heading to Kansas City for four games.
In that push to win the division, Girardi announced Andy Pettitte would start Friday in Boston, followed by A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but didn't announce a starter for Sunday's season-finale.
If the Yankees don't win the division, they'll play the Twins in the first round. If they win the division, they'd play the Rangers.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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