Yankees Clinch, Ho Hum
Are the New York Yankees the only team to not high five each other over champagne after a playoff clinch? Really, don't get excited or anything guys.
After his team blew a 5-0 lead over the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night, Alex Rodriguez (who always seems to have his hand on some guys' rear) homered and drove in three runs including the tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The Texas Rangers' 9-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics technically sealed the deal about an hour before the Yanks' 6-5 victory, sending them to the postseason for the 14th time in 15 seasons... excluding last year, which the good folks of the Big Apple couldn't put behind them fast enough.
Mariano Rivera, whose impressive streak of 36 consecutive saves ended last Friday, earned his 41st save in 43 chances.
The American League East title is looking more and more like it belongs to the Yankees with a magic number of six over the Boston Red Sox, this season's most likely Wild Card winner.
Keep your eye on this year's National League MVP Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals, who have a magic number of two, giving them the next opportunity to clinch a playoff spot and become the first team to win a 2009 Division Title. All they need is a win over the Houston Astros Wednesday night coupled with a loss by the Chicago Cubs, who will visit Milwaukee.
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