After a two year absence, the New York Yankees made the post-season with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox clinching the first AL Wild Card spot. The win marks their 10,000th in franchise history.
The Yankees could play one of four teams in the AL Wild Card game next Tuesday – Texas Rangers (who currently lead the AL West), Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros or the Minnesota Twins. The Rangers host the Angels for four games (as of this writing the Rangers are beating the Angels 4-2 in the 6th), the Astros are in Phoenix to play the Diamondbacks starting tomorrow while the Twins host the Kansas City Royals. Whoever the play, the Yankees will have home field advantage. Should they prevail they would most likely face the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays as they currently have the best record in MLB. But if Toronto falters this weekend, the Yankees could instead face the Royals.
While the Yankees did blow an 8 game lead over the Blue Jays to cost them the division, New York is nevertheless in the playoffs and they cannot be counted out.