This is kind of it. The Yankees' magic number before they are mathematically eliminated now stands at one after last night's loss and a Kansas City win. The Yankees both hold their destiny and don't; even if they win today, which they have to in order to have any chance, a Royals win would officially end everything. It's been an excruciatingly long and disappointing season, but we've finally reached the end of our long journey and we can be put out of our misery.
Shane Greene will get the ball to bring an end to his impressive first exposure to the majors. In a season full of disappointing surprises, other than Dellin Betances, Greene has probably been the most unexpected positive thing to come out of 2014. He could end up making the decisions about next year's rotation a whole lot easier, so hopefully he ends the year on a high note and comes back strong in April.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Brett Gardner - CF|
|David Lough - LF||Derek Jeter - DH|
|Adam Jones - CF||Chase Headley - 3B|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Mark Teixeira - 1B|
|Steve Clevenger - 1B||Francisco Cervelli - C|
|Jimmy Paredes - 3B||Stephen Drew - 2B|
|Kelly Johnson - 2B||Chris Young - LF|
|Ryan Flaherty - SS||Antoan Richardson - RF|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Brendan Ryan - SS|
|Bud Norris - RHP||Shane Greene - RHP|