New York Yankees Clinch AL East
With their 100th win of the 2009 baseball season, the New York Yankees have clinched the American League East. To make it even sweeter, the clinching win also swept the arch rival Boston Red Sox.
Although the Red Sox went up 2-0, the Yankees scored four straight times to win 4-2. The big hits were solo home runs by Melky Cabrera and Mark Teixeira in addition to a two-run single by Hideki Matsui.
On the mound, starting pitcher Andy Pettitte performed well for New York. He went six innings and gave up two earned runs to improve his record to 14-7. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth inning to save his 44th game of the season.
Despite the loss, the Red Sox are in a good position to make the playoffs. Although their chase in the AL East is over, they hold a 6-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card race. And while they were swept this time by the Yankees, there’s a decent chance they’ll get a chance to get revenge in the 2009 playoffs.