Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yankees Hold On, Clinch Playoff Birth

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. , Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. The Yankees won 6-5. (Daylife-AP Photos)

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The Yankees celebrated clinching a spot in the postseason after a thrilling 6-5 win over the Angels, a berth they earned when Texas lost earlier

They built their 5-0 lead on homers by Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui off Ervin Santana

Yankees clinch playoff birth

Bombers take the proverbial Monkey off their back

Coupled with Boston's second straight loss to the Royals, the Yankees' magic number over their AL East rival was sliced to six and their lead increased to six games. The Yankees have a 5 ½-game over the Angels in the scuffle for home-field advantage

An extension for Girardi?

Pitching scenarios for the post-season

The Yankees are six games up on Boston. The Yankees have 10 games left, the Red Sox 12. It would take some manner of cataclysm for the Yankees not win the division

The Yankees are heading to the postseason for the 14th time in 15 seasons

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