The New York Yankees are down to their final game of the Major League Baseball season to clinch the American League East division title for home-field advantage during the playoffs.
The Yankees (95-66) failed to cement their position last night as they split a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox, winning the first game 6-5 in 10 innings and losing the nightcap 7-6 in the 10th. New York is tied for the division lead with the Tampa Bay Rays, who yesterday beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0.
In the National League, the San Francisco Giants are one game atop San Diego for the top spot in the West Division, while the Atlanta Braves and Padres are tied for the wild-card berth.
At Fenway Park in Boston, Eric Patterson hit a run-scoring single to give the Red Sox the win in the 10th inning of the night game with the Yankees. Earlier in the day, Brett Gardner scored on an error by second baseman Bill Hall in the 10th inning as the Yankees tallied the win to briefly hold a one-game lead over the Rays.
At AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Padres stopped a ninth inning rally by the Giants to earn a 4-2 win and the chance for a spot in the National League playoff race.
The Padres must win today to take the NL West title. The Giants and the Padres can both gain playoff berths if Atlanta loses to the Philadelphia Phillies today.
If San Francisco and San Diego clinch postseason roles in the same ballpark today, it would only be the second time in MLB history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, after the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals in 2001.
The Braves, who lost 7-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday at Turner Field in Atlanta, can reach the postseason for the first time since 2005 with a win and a Padres loss.
The Phillies’ victory put them at 97-64 for the best record in MLB, a position the Yankees had held for most of the season.