BOSTON (AP) – The New York Yankees missed a chance for their second straight AL East title and wound up with a wild-card berth in the playoffs, completing a rare late-season fade with an 8-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox 8-4 Sunday.
The Yankees open the postseason at Minnesota on Wednesday, while Tampa Bay wins the AL East and starts at home against Texas.
New York was 66-37 at the start of play on Aug. 1, but went just 29-30 the rest of the way. It was just the second time the Yankees led through games of Labor Day and failed to finish first, according to STATS LLC. The others were in 1906 and 1944.
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