Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira supplied the final dagger with an eighth inning solo shot to right as New York went on the sweep the Red Sox, clinch the AL East division, and earn their 100th win of the season. After failing to reach the playoffs last year, the All-Star Yankees lineup is more excited than ever to be back on the winning side of things. “Everything is clicking right now,” said winning pitcher Andy Pettitte. “When you miss out, it makes you a little more hungry to get back there.”
As New York is able to rest their starters and set up pitching rotations for the upcoming playoffs, the Red Sox still have to earn their Wild Card spot. They are now six games up on the Texas Rangers and should be able to clinch at home against the Toronto Blue Jays, or during their final regular season series against the Cleveland Indians. Red Sox DH David Ortiz after the game was not too pleased, but had no choice but to tip his hat to the rival Bronx Bombers.
“I was just thinking about the game, how the game went and some situations we should have executed better and we never did, and that made the difference,” said Ortiz. “Watching the season they had last year and watching the way they played this year, they deserved to celebrate.” The Red Sox and Yankees are a potential match up for the 2009 ALCS series where they have had their fair share of showdowns. For now Boston must move on and officially claim the Wild Card. Josh Beckett is scheduled to take the mound tonight against Toronto’s Scott Richmond.