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Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1: CC Sabathia has a great outing, but Red Sox clinch the division

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The Yankees did what they had to do, but the Astros didn’t help them out today.

Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Yankees needed to win today to keep their hopes of winning the division alive, and win they did. Jaime Garcia was scheduled to start the game, but the Yankees decided to put CC Sabathia on the mound instead. Sabathia had a dominant outing, holding the Blue Jays to just four hits over five and two-thirds innings. Unfortunately, the Red Sox ended up beating the Astros and clinching the division (there was a fun moment where the Astros had the bases loaded, but David Price shut them down). Now we finally know that the Yankees will play the Twins on Tuesday to determine who will advance in the postseason.

The Yankees got on the board first when Aaron Judge absolutely crushed a whopper of a home run into the bleachers in left field. The ball took a bounce and jumped up to the numbers on the wall. It was Judge’s 52nd home run of the season and it’s estimated to have traveled 484 feet. With one out in the fourth, Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro hit back-to-back singles to drive in another run and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

This might have been Sabathia’s final start in pinstripes, and if that is the case, he certainly finished the regular season on a high note. He racked up six strikeouts and didn’t allow a run to score. With one out in the sixth inning, Ryan Goins hit a ball to right that a fan reached over and caught. It was initially ruled a home run, but replays showed that the ball would have stayed in the park if the fan hadn’t interfered, so Goins was sent to second base. Sabathia was able to strike out Teoscar Hernandez but Joe Girardi decided to bring in Chad Green to face Josh Donaldson. Green got Donaldson to fly out, and stayed in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning.

Tommy Kahnle took over in the eighth and immediately got into trouble. After giving up a single to Ezequiel Carrera and walking Miguel Montero, David Robertson was called upon to protect the Yankees’ two-run lead. D-Rob struck out Goins, but walked Hernandez to load the bases. Donaldson followed with a sac fly that ended up being the Blue Jays’ only run of the game.

It really is a shame that the division won’t come down to tomorrow’s game. The regular season wraps up tomorrow at 3:05 ET with Jordan Montgomery set to take the mound opposite of Brett Anderson.

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