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Yankees fall to BoSox, lose out on AL East title

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BOSTON -- No hats, no T-shirts, no celebratory champagne. Just a 49th postseason appearance for the New York Yankees and a chance at an unprecedented 28th World Series title.

The defending World Series champions missed out on their second straight AL East title on Sunday, losing 8-4 to the Boston Red Sox to complete a rare late-season fade and finish with a wild-card berth. The Yankees open the postseason at Minnesota on Wednesday.

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"In New York, you're expected to make the playoffs, but it's only Step 1. We all know what the goal is," manager Joe Girardi said. "The goal is not to win the division. The goal is to win the whole thing."

The Yankees went into the final day of the season needing a victory and a Tampa Bay loss at Kansas City to win the division. Had New York (95-67) and Tampa Bay finished in a tie, the Rays would have taken the title anyway by virtue of a 10-8 record against the Yankees in the season series.

But the Rays (96-66) clinched the AL East and home field against Texas when the Yankees lost, then beat the Royals 3-2 in 11 innings.

"It would be stupid to say it doesn't matter how you finish. We would have liked to get this thing done, but we didn't," said pitcher Andy Pettitte, who appears to be on track to start Game 3 against the Twins. "The bottom line is: We're the world champs until someone knocks us off."

It's the Yankees' fourth wild-card berth and their 15th playoff appearance in the last 16 years. But they've stumbled to the finish line, going 29-30 since Aug. 1 and failing to finish first after holding the lead on Labor Day for the third time (it also happened in 1904 and 1944), according to STATS LLC. New York lost 17 of its final 26 games.

"It hasn't been our best baseball, but you can throw that all away," Girardi said. "We won 95 games in an extremely tough division. ... In our division, that gets you the wild card."

The Yankees showered and dressed in a businesslike visitor's clubhouse without any indication of a celebration. Girardi said he would give the team the day off on Monday and schedule a light workout for Tuesday in Minneapolis.

"We played 162 games," shortstop Derek Jeter said, "and now it's time to go."

Jed Lowrie homered twice, J.D. Drew also homered and Boston had two double steals in the sixth inning. John Lackey (14-11) struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, who missed the playoffs for the second time in eight years.

After winning 95 games last year, Boston (89-73) was hampered by injuries and finished in third place for just the second time since 1997.

"We'd still be playing right now if a lot of things [hadn't] happened," Lackey said. "I pretty much can guarantee that."

Robinson Cano's RBI single in the eighth inning made him the first Yankees second baseman with back-to-back 200-hit seasons. Nick Swisher homered and Mark Teixeira scored his major league-leading 113th run for New York.

Dustin Moseley (4-4) gave up four runs, five hits and two walks, striking out three in five innings for the Yankees. He gave up Drew's two-run homer in the first and Lowrie's in the fifth before Boston broke it open against the bullpen in the sixth.

David Ortiz bunted the ball toward third base against shifted infield and then was lifted for a pinch-runner; he was 3 for 3. Ortiz, who could become a free agent if the team declines his $12.5 million option, waved his helmet to the cheering fans on the way to the dugout and was brought back out for a curtain call.

After Bill Hall walked, Ryan Kalish singled in one run and the runners moved up on a double steal. Daniel Nava was intentionally walked to load the bases, then Hall scored on Lars Anderson's sacrifice fly. Kalish, who advanced to third on the sacrifice, stole home as part of a double steal with Nava.

Jason Varitek, the Red Sox captain who's also eligible for free agency, got a standing ovation before his eighth-inning at-bat, a 390-foot out to center field. He was sent up to catch the ninth inning but pulled to a big cheer before the first pitch.

"We're proud of the effort and proud of some of the things we accomplished but disappointed in the ultimate result," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "We didn't reach our ultimate goal of getting to the playoffs and then trying to do some damage in October. That said, there's still a lot to be proud of."

Notes

  • The crowd sang Happy Birthday to longtime Red Sox player and coach Johnny Pesky during the game.
  • Lowrie homered in the regular-season finale for the second straight year.
  • Kalish's home plate steal was Boston's first since Jacoby Ellsbury did it on April 26, 2009.
  • Cleveland's Carlos Baerga was the last major-league second baseman to have consecutive 200-hit seasons, in 1992-93.
  • Lackey allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks.
  • The Red Sox extended their Fenway Park sellout streak to 631 games since May 15, 2003.
  • Entering Sunday, New York had a 4.66 ERA since Sept. 1, just 27th among the 30 major-league teams, according to STATS.
  • With 125 RBI, Rodriguez finished one behind AL leader Miguel Cabrera.
 
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'The goal is not to win the division. The goal is to win the whole thing,' Joe Girardi says.  (AP)
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Players of the Game
Boston

J. Lowrie
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
New York

B. Gardner
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF5220010 .277
Derek Jeter, SS5021022 .270
Mark Teixeira, 1B4100112 .256
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4011123 .270
Robinson Cano, DH4011001 .319
Nick Swisher, RF3111120 .288
Jorge Posada, C3000113 .248
Marcus Thames, LF4010001 .288
Ramiro Pena, 2B3000012 .227
   a- Curtis Granderson, PH1000010 .247
Totals36484411  
a-struck out for Pena in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (20, Lackey)
HR - Nick Swisher (29, Lackey)
RBI - Derek Jeter (67), Alex Rodriguez (125), Robinson Cano (109), Nick Swisher (89)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (25), Alex Rodriguez (42), Robinson Cano (35)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brett Gardner 1
DP - Jeter-Pena-Teixeira, Gardner-Pena-Teixeira
E - Ramiro Pena (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dustin Moseley (L,4-4) 5544232 4.96
Royce Ring0111000 15.43
David Robertson 0.1122210 3.82
Boone Logan 0.2000010 2.93
Joba Chamberlain 1111031 4.40
Sergio Mitre 1000000 3.33
IBB - Nava by David Robertson
WP - David Robertson (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 94-55, Royce Ring 1-1, David Robertson 16-6, Boone Logan 7-4, Joba Chamberlain 20-15, Sergio Mitre 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 7-4, Sergio Mitre 2-1
Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 21, Royce Ring 1, David Robertson 4, Boone Logan 2, Joba Chamberlain 4, Sergio Mitre 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Patterson, 2B3100121 .214
Jed Lowrie, SS3323110 .287
J.D. Drew, RF4112010 .255
David Ortiz, DH3030000 .270
    Josh Reddick, PR-DH1100010 .194
Bill Hall, 3B3100111 .247
Ryan Kalish, CF4111001 .252
Jason Varitek, C4010013 .232
    Kevin Cash, C0000000 .167
Daniel Nava, LF3000111 .242
Lars Anderson, 1B2001000 .200
Totals3088748  
Batting
HR - Jed Lowrie 2 (9, Moseley, Chamberlain), J.D. Drew (22, Moseley)
SF - Lars Anderson (1)
RBI - Jed Lowrie 3 (24), J.D. Drew 2 (68), Ryan Kalish (24), Lars Anderson (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie 2 (10)
SB - Bill Hall (9, 3rd base off Robertson/Posada), Ryan Kalish 2 (10, 2nd base off Robertson/Posada, off Logan/Posada), Daniel Nava (1, 2nd base off Logan/Posada)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Patterson-Anderson
E - J.D. Drew (1, Dropped fly), Eric Patterson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey (W,14-11) 7.26322101 4.40
Rich Hill0100100 0.00
Daniel Bard (H,32) 0.1000000 1.93
Jonathan Papelbon 1110110 3.90
WP - Jonathan Papelbon (4)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 118-81, Rich Hill 7-3, Daniel Bard 6-4, Jonathan Papelbon 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-6, Daniel Bard 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 31, Rich Hill 2, Daniel Bard 1, Jonathan Papelbon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37453
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt