Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Still Waiting

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Still Waiting

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NEW YORK -- The day began with all sorts of playoff permutations and plenty of uncertainty.

But as the Yankees entered the 11th inning late Wednesday night, the math got very easy: The teams the Yankees needed to lose had done so. They were a win away from clinching a wild-card berth.

The Red Sox, however, quickly put the champagne back on ice.

Boston scored four runs in the top of the 11th to beat the Yankees, 9-5.

The Yankees will get to try again today, if the weather cooperates.

Deven Marrero had the go ahead RBI single off of reliever Andrew Bailey (0-1). After a run scored on a bunt, Chasen Shreve, who replaced Bailey, then promptly gave up a two-run homer to Mookie Betts. It was Betts' second homer of the game.

Masahiro Tanaka struggled in his first start in 12 days because of a hamstring injury. He gave up three runs in the first inning, but made it through five innings to earn a no-decision.

"He was rusty," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "He looked like a guy who hadn't pitched in 12 days."

But Girardi said he's still confident in Tanaka, who's in line to start Tuesday's potential wild-card game. Tanaka allowed four runs off five hits and one walk, striking out three.

"I feel good about him."

Tanaka kept the Yankees close enough to get back into the game; in the bottom of the fifth, they batted around and tied it at 4. Alex Rodriguez, who has been mired in a slump, went 2-for-4 with two walks and his 33rd home run of the season.

The Yankees had plenty of chances to score late in the game, but squandered them all. In the eighth inning alone, the Red Sox walked four Yankees, but they couldn't score.

The Yankees stranded 15 runners. In his first five at-bats, Didi Gregorious went hitless and stranded 10 of those.

As the Yankees headed into the extra innings, their playoff situation still was unclear. But when both the Twins and Angels lost -- the scores going final during the 10th inning -- things got simple. But the Yankees couldn't convert.

The Yankees officially lost their chance to win the division before even taking the field. …

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