All of the Yankees’ issues were placed on the backburner temporarily tonight as the New York Yankees clinched a playoff birth with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1. Yes, it was inevitable, but at the rate they’ve been playing, it seemed like they would never make it. With the win, who cares what the fanless Tampa Bay Rays or Boston Red Sox did, the Yankees finally made the playoffs. The AL East is still up for grabs, but both big guns in the division will be in the playoffs.

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First of all, ya think CC Sabathia all but locked up the Cy Young Award? It’s difficult to rank his great starts because he’s had so many of them, but tonight might have been the best considering morale. The Big Stoppa went 8.1 innings and only allowed one earned run on three hits. He also struck out eight while only walking two. Even more impressive than that line is that it only took him 111 pitches to get through 25 batters.

If (when) he wins the Cy Young, he will be only the fourth Yankee of all time to win the prestigious award and the first since 2001. Can you name the others? Roger Clemens in ’01, Ron Guidry in ’78, and Sparky Lyle in ’77.

And for the offense, as much as I hate to say it, the Yankees played what national pundits call “small-ball” as they “manufactured” runs tonight, but if you look closely, it wasn’t what we’ve come to except from the Yankees. I mean, Nick Swisher laid down a bunt to move Derek Jeter over to third! Three of the five runs were via the sacrifice fly (one by A-Rod, one by Tex, one by Cano), one was on a Derek Jeter fielder’s choice, and the last on a bases loaded walk by Alex Rodriguez. In fact, literally all of the Yankees runs were driven in on something besides a base hit.

The two RBIs by Alex Rodriguez give him a total of 120 on the year. The man would be a legit MVP candidate if he played more games (He’s played in 132 out of 158 this year).┬áThink A-Rod has had a successful career? If the season were to end today, his 120 RBIs would be only the 9th best total of his career.

Tomorrow the Yankees will trot Andy Pettitte out to the mound in an effort to close the gap in the AL East. Then again, don’t be surprised if Joe Girardi starts doing some bizarre moves with the starting rotation to start planning for a five-game series. First pitch is at 7:10 and can be seen on the YES Network.

Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil (14-7, 4.20 ERA)

**Pettitte is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA against the Jays this year.

**Cecil is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts against the Bombers.