Yankees clinch playoff berth with win over Rays

Joba throws for first time since elbow surgery
Yanks clinch playoff berth with win over Rays

For the third straight year and 16th time in the last 17 years, the Yankees are headed to the playoffs. They clinched no worse than the wildcard spot with this afternoon’s win over the Rays, and they can clinch the AL East crown as soon as tonight with a win in the second game of the doubleheader and a Red Sox loss. A full game recap will be up shortly.

Joba throws for first time since elbow surgery
Yanks clinch playoff berth with win over Rays
  • Dela G

    All we do is win win win no matter what….

  • David, Jr.

    Nunez two hits, home run, two steals.

    Time to shine, baby!

    • Monteroisdinero

      Everyone so concerned about our “b” lineup. Is Nunez A or B? Guy can give Cano/Jeter/Arod a day off and usually does something good although he has had some bad moments. Gotta love it.

      • Old Roman

        I love Noonie! Most of his bad moments seem to be due to rookie over-eagerness. He’s been settling down, more or less; and next year I see him as a potential super-sub.

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          Think of the VALUE the keepers (refused throw-ins) in the Montero/Lee aborted trade have today (Nunez and Nova.)

          • FIPster Doofus

            Jack Z. fucked up.

        • Cris Pengiuci

          As the infield ages, Nunez becomes more valuable. Glad the Yankees kept him around. Love the speed and he’s hit at reasonable rate.

      • Brian S.

        At one point Nunez was a quality player on offense with a wRC+ of 110. He had an AWFUL month and a half which is why his batting line looks like crap now but going forward I think he will be a great utility infielder.

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        He’s a “B” guy to be sure, but there’s no shame in that when you’re on the New York Yankees. He’s definitely an asset to the team.

  • mustang

    As fan I like to say


    • mustang

      From 1981 to 1995 nothing

      From 1996 to today 16 out of 17

      After waiting that long I would of never believe they would be this good.

      Just amazing!

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        always darkest just before the dawn …

        • mustang

          I know a lot of people here haven’t and I hope that they never will, but I saw a LOT of darkness before dawn.


          Where have you gone Andy Hawkins?…..LOL

          • Adam

            Thank you, thank you, thank you. As someone from the same era, I can’t agree more. We’ve gone from watching some of the worst Yankee teams to consistently the best. It really does give a lot of perspective that more recent fans who freak out about every loss seem to miss.

            • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

              was there with you…makes these years so much the better.

            • mustang

              Who would of know after Ken Griffey Jr. broke my heart after all those years that it was going to be like this.

          • mustang

            And Kevin Mass
            Sam Mititallo
            Brien Taylor


            • Adam

              Mark Salas, Dan Pasqua and Lee Guetterman. Wow, I do not miss those days.

              • bobtaco

                Alvaro Espinoza… Cecilio Guante… Wayne Tolleson…. Henry Cotto…

              • mustang

                NOT ONE BIT.

                People just don’t realize what they have in guys like Mo, Jeter, Cano and the current Yankees franchise. The word blessed comes to mind.

      • mustang

        It makes every time that much sweeter.

  • jon

    part of me kinda wanted to let the rays win these 2 games just to put more pressure on the red sox

    o well

    • Vocabulary

      Really stupid thought, Jon. A true fan always roots for his team. No exceptions–ever. Nothing gets in the way.

      • D-Rob’s Great Escape

        That’s why I think some fans of BOS that said they didn’t want NY to win these games because they could never root for the Yankees aren’t real fans of their team, you want whats best for your team not whats worse for your rival. You can bet your ass if NY was in BOS situation I would have been rooting for them to beat TB.

    • Bulasteve

      Would rather face the Sux than the Rays in the ALCS.

  • bonestock94

    woooooooooooooooooooo, can’t wait till they clinch the division and throw a AAA lineup daily.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Any chance we see Betances after we clinch? I would really love to see this kid pitch, maybe next season if the AAA Yankees are in Staten Island I can see him if not.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Awesome season thus far. Fun as hell.

    Go O’s. Clinch the East. Rest the regulars. Sweep the Sox. Line CC up.

    Bring on the Dexas Rangers.

    • D-Rob’s Great Escape

      I agree with everything you said but I bet we play DET not TX, they both have the same record but TX hasn’t clinched yet so they will probaly try harder to win down the stretch and end up with a better record because of it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wally Matthews said the Yankees will win the AL East because we signed Soriano.

    He was correct.

    Bow to master Wally Matthews.

    • D-Rob’s Great Escape

      LOL, your right I remember that.

    • Urban

      Wait, you mean Wally once wrote something positive about the Yankees?

  • David, Jr.

    Lots of petty little criticisms all year toward Cashman and Girardi.

    I give them both A+. Despite a retirement that definitely hurt the Yankees, and a very significant injury to one of the best players in baseball, their management will bring an AL East winner, the best record in the AL which will mean home field advantage, a rested and ready World Series contender, the development of significant young players, and the complete retention of a very strong farm system for the future.

  • Buck Foston

    My favorite part of this season (so far)?

    D-Rob stepping up and showing he’s the fucking man. Nothing gives a fan peace of mind like having a solid bullpen.

  • Urban