Yankees beat Rays to claim AL East title

MRI shows inflammation in Hughes' back
AL East Champs: Yanks top Rays to win division

Step two: complete. For the first time since 2009 and the 11th time in the last 14 years, the Yankees are AL East Champs. Wednesday night’s win over Tampa combined with the Red Sox’s loss to the Orioles gave the Yankees a division title that a whole lotta people figured they had no chance to win six or so months ago. Drink it in, division titles always go down smooth.

MRI shows inflammation in Hughes' back
AL East Champs: Yanks top Rays to win division
  • swishers fauxhawk

    This is impossible. I was told the Red Sox had the division locked down in June.

    • Tackaberry

      June? I heard it back in April!

      • Rich in NJ

        The regular season wasn’t enough of a challenge for them.

        • Mike R.

          They were bored.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        April, it was the word on the streets around here way back in January.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I heard it in January…

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          They’ve won every January World Series since 2005.

  • Jorge

    All of you Hesters who trolled the entire year can line up and kiss the rest of our asses now.

    Onto the playoffs. #28 is coming home.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    How sweet is it that this game was on ESPN, on the same day that the ESPN All Boston magazine came out?

    • boogie down

      I read about that. Just disgusting.

  • Craig

    ESPN sucks

  • Kostas


  • Pants Lendel-stros.

    Who ever needs reps these last few days will get them and who ever needs rest will receive it.

    These past 4 wins were well deserved fellas. Congrats

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      A-Rod should play every day and no other starting position player should be over 24 years old with the exceptions of Dickerson, Chavez, Andruw & Posada.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Greg Golson-26 years old on Sept. 17th

  • Rich in NJ

    Tex is destined to get a goggles endorsement.

  • Plank

    What’s the magic number to get the best record in the league?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      After the win tonight I think its 4, possibly 3 depending on how Detroit did.

    • boogie down

      3, I believe.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    ok, now tank it and let the rays get in! lol

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      except that after tomorrow they have Boston for 3 games.

      • Angels for WC

        The Angels are the same amount of games back from the wildcard as Tampa. No need to tank if the Angels step up.

  • jackstrawelf

    I like it, I can’t find a sox fan anywhere! Some “nation”. Go yankees!!

    • CBean

      yeah when i texted my boss who is a Sox fan, he was just grateful that we prevented the Rays from gaining a lead on the Sox.

  • JAG

    This was a particularly great game because it wouldn’t have even been that bad to lose it. Losing would have put the Rays within 1 of Boston and made really real the possibility of the Red Sox getting swept out of the postseason. As it is, it’s still possible, but a lot harder. Here’s hoping to see the full playoff lineup vs. Boston this weekend and no more than 2 regular starters against Tampa afterwards.

  • Rey22

    Wait aren’t we still a couple of games back of the Red Sox? Don’t you guys know they’re a lock for 100+ wins and are possibly the greatest team in baseball history?

  • Rainbow Connection

    It is shocking that a team that spent over $200 million made the playoffs!!!!

    • Rich in NJ

      Whining is so unbecoming.

    • swishers fauxhawk

      The $160 million dollar team a few hours away would love that confidence.

      • Brian S.

        170 million.

    • dexcente

      There are two parts of every season for a Yankee fan: first is the “Yankees are overrated and here’s proof” part of the season, then the inevitable “Not Fair!” part of the season. Maybe you can imagine why the inevitability of the latter makes the former so perversely enjoyable.

    • Jorge

      Go away.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      /Orioles fan’d

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Your teams owner has that kind of money to spend, it’s not our fault they’d rather make a profit than win games. I’m pretty sure The Stienbrenners have lost money just about every year they’ve owned the team.

      • Tom Zig

        I’m pretty sure The Stienbrenners have lost money just about every year they’ve owned the team

        I don’t know how accurate that is.

        • CP

          In actual dollars, they probably made money most years.

          In accounting dollars, they probably lost a ton of money.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Idk, I read it somewhere a couple years ago. Before the new stadium opened obviously, that place has money printing machines in the basement.

        • Tom O

          It’s probably pretty close. Most guys who’ve looked at this estimate that the actual team runs around the break-even point. That’s not including revenue from YES network, and any other sources though, just the team and it’s own revenue. In any case though, it’s a known fact that teams like the Marlins take in money from their teams profit and from revenue sharing, and sit on it instead of investing in the on field product.

          • Chen Meng Wang

            Weren’t the Marlins pressured by MLB to spend more money(and sign Josh Johnson in specific)? If I’m remembering this correctly I feel bad for Johnson, He’ll probably never get to pitch on a really competitive team.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          I actually heard that they lose money every year.

          • Chen Meng Wang

            From what I remember Tom O is right, the team itself breaks even or loses money but that doesn’t take into account money the Stienbrenners make from the Yes Network and other parts of Yankees Enterprises INC.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            They do and they don’t. The Yankees baseball club has higher operating expenses than revenue generated, and therefore loses money. Yankee Global Enterprises rakes in mad cash every year though.

            • mbonzo

              Not to mention the $1.69 billion of growth they’ve seen in their investment of the team. Not that I don’t appreciate their business strategy, its brilliant, but lets not pretend like the Steinbrenners would do anything that hurt them personally.

              • Chen Meng Wang

                Idk about the kids, but I think that George would have lost money to insure a WS title…but George was batshit insane sometimes so yeah.

    • FIPster Doofus

      You’re such a miserable dickwad.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I thank the Lord for making me a Yankee fan!

  • bullshit girardi


    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse


  • A-ROD fan

    Yeeeaaaaa babyyyy hahahhaa

  • Tom O

    Mets fan: “I can’t explain how excited to be in the post season for the 17th time in 18 years. #sarcasm”

    • Tom O

      He also told me that the pirates would destroy the ’27 Yankees in a series. He said this while defending the “’11 Red Sox could be greatest of all time”.

  • iloveyoubartolo

    Thank you, Brian Cashman.

    • Rich in NJ

      He doesn’t get nearly enough credit.

    • mustang

      Say it again. Probably his best work as Yankees GM.

      CASH MONEY!!!!!

      • mustang


    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      I believed him in April when he said the Red Sox had completed all their roster work and the Yanks were still a work in process. Nice way to under promise and over deliver.

      • Midland TX

        If only we hadn’t let Aceves slip through our fingers along with Cliff Lee. Not to mention failing to pull the trigger on Ubaldo.

        • Riddering

          Not sure if serious…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    As ugly as those hats are, I kinda like the t-shirts. I might be making a trip to Modells tomorrow.

    • Pat D

      For me, it says “World Series Champion” or it’s not worth my money.

      • Kiko Jones


  • Chey K

    Fuuuuuuh yeah!

  • ash

    Happy Thames are here again!!!

  • David

    “For the first time since 2009 and the 11th time in the last 14 years”

    We really are spoiled.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      And it’s awesome. :D

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      yeah, but in a good way…not the way my nephew is

  • Buck Foston

    I think Gammons is stroking out again. I mean, what the fuck is this?:

    @pgammo Peter Gammons
    .ladamad Anna v v V V V V v v v V V V V V V v nv In buns ee V Petty’s Freefallin’…
    1 hour ago via txt

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s a moron.

  • Rich in NJ

    Kim Jones comparing Posada’s “moment” to Jeter’s 3000th hit and Mo’s 602nd save “moments.” is goofy.

  • duzzi23

    Cant wait to see how ESPN spins this into the red sox slump being the only reason the yankees won the east. Congrats I’m glad we didn’t play for the wild card and wave the white flag like Girardi did last september.

    • FIPster Doofus

      With the injuries to Dice-K, Buchholz, Bedard and Youkilis, the Red Sox are showing how courageous and determined they are just to be leading the wild card. Their example is one we can all learn from, and we as a nation – no, a world – can only strive to someday be half as wonderful as this incredible franchise known as the Boston Red Sox.



  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I’m writing the recap for my blog I write for, so is the Magic Number to clinch Home Field Advantage down to 3?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      That depends on how the Tigers/Rangers did. It was 5 coming into today, 3 if the Tigers/Rangers won, 2 if they lost.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        The Tigers won 6-3 and the Rangers are losing to the A’s. So let’s say the A’s hold on to beat Texas, they’d be one game behind Detroit, so it’d be four right?

        • Pat D

          No, it’s 3 regardless of what Texas does tonight since Detroit won.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      you must be hemorrhaging Yankee Blue right now!

    • Pants Lendel-stros.

      ??Home Field in ALDS: 2 (only need to clinch a tie with Texas)
      Best Record in AL: 3

    • Pat D

      The Tigers won, so it only goes to 3.

  • Jimmy McNulty
    • mbonzo

      I had quite the predictions, too.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Hahaha Jorge Posada batting ahead of Curtis Granderson. Boy, have times changed.

  • D-Lite

    Step 3?

    • Jimmy McNulty


      Step 4: Win the ALDS
      Step 5: Win the ALCS
      Step 6: Win the WS

      • mbonzo

        Step 7: ??????
        Step 8: Profit

        • Sweet Lou

          An underpants gnome reference. Love it!!!

  • Karl Krawfid
    • pat

      That’s a good one. Now if only Jesus could show a little plate discipline I’ll be stoked.

    • jon

      which one is judis?

      gotta be jorge right?

    • Midland TX

      Am I missing something? Where is Mo? Or is he the invisible Holy Spirit?

      • DCBX

        God the Father, natch.

  • jv

    so are the yankees likely to play the tigers in the ALDS?

    • FIPster Doofus

      It would be Texas if the season ended right now.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Roster for ALDS:

    Line Up:
    SS Jeter
    CF Granderson
    1B Teixeira
    3B A-Rod
    2B Cano
    RF Swisher
    DH Montero/Chavez
    C Martin
    LF Gardner


    Starting Rotation:
    LHP Sabathia
    RHP Nova
    RHP Colon
    RHP Garcia

    RHP: Hughes/Noesi/Burnett
    RHP: Wade
    LHP: Logan
    LHP: Laffey/RHP: Ayala
    RHP: Soriano
    RHP: Robertson
    RHP: Rivera

    • mbonzo

      Take out Dickerson, add another arm in the bullpen, most likely AJ. Then you’re set.

      • mbonzo

        Oh wait, I’d also replace Nunez with Cervelli/Romine. Remember that Martin should be able to catch all these games, and it’d be in an emergency that Montero/Posada would end up catching. Nunez gives you speed and an emergency infielder.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          shit…how’d i forget Nunez…I’d replace Dickerson with him and leave the back-up catcher. God forbid Martin gets injured and he has to be replaced on the roster he’s not elligible for the next round.

  • pat

    Tomorrow’s starters?

    2B- Pena
    RF- Dickerson

    • jon

      dont even need a catcher

      i like it

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Girardi will catch

        • FIPster Doofus

          Pull a lucky fan out of the stands to catch.

          • pat

            Catching a regular season game was one of Christian Lopez’s conditions for giving the ball back.

  • pat

    And LOL at the 1 pitch win for Robertson.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    awesome! im going to tomorrows game as well as fridays, can’t wait to see a aaa lineup tomorrow and hopefully betances at some point. i hope they put out a decent lineup on friday so they can get a win and hopefully fuck red sox nation for the weekend

    i remember the july 8 game was rained out and i was so pissed bc of jeters potential 3000 hit, i am fine now going to the makeup tomorrow, who would have known that it means nothing to the yanks and everything to the sox

  • MikeD

    I enjoy coming back after a Yankee win and reviewing the postings from the ledge jumpers, Yankee haters, or generally pathetic Yankee fans.

    I was going to post a few links to the worst offenders, but it seemed like whomever Montero Mojo is he wants to own the crown. He’s pathetic. He’s own 90% of the links, so no need.

    Beyond that, the Montero love and Jorge hate is odd. Montero has looked horrible of late, and has done nothing to deserve Yankees’ fans love, meanwhile people were pounding on Posada, who is one of the ten greatest Yankees ever, and delivered yet another big hit for the Yankees. You all should be embarassed.

    Congrats Jorge; Congrats Yankees.

  • Riddering

    Not as though there’s any Yankee team I’m not fond of but seeing the underappreciated Colon, Garcia, Nova and Granderson turn it on for most of the year has made this one very fun. Now let’s watch them slaughter the rest of baseball in the playoffs.