On a day where the Yankees had the AL East crown within their grasps, they didn’t take care of business. All the Yankees needed to do today was beat John Lackey and hope for a Rays loss to open the playoffs at home. Instead, Dustin Moseley turned in a dreadful, five inning, four run performance. David Robertson gave up two runs in a 1/3 of an inning while lefty Royce Ring gave up a run.
Offensively for the Yanks, Nick Swisher homered and Robinson Cano went 1 for 4, collecting his 200th hit of the season.
With this loss, the Yankees finish in a very disappoint second place to the Tampa Bay Rays. They will open up Wednesday night in Minnesota against Francisco Liriano.
Liriano really struggled over his last three starts, going 0-3 with a 8.10 ERA. In two starts against the Bombers, he went 0-1 with a 3.26 ERA. In five career appearances against the Yankees, he is 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA.
He will be opposed by Yankee ace, CC Sabathia. Sabathia threw an absolutely dominant performance in his regular season start against the Blue Jays. In 8 1/3 innings, Sabathia gave up one run on three hits. Sabathia did not pitch against the Twins this year, but went 1-0 against them last season.
The Yankees have absolutely owned the Twins the post-season. Since 2003, the Yankees are 4-0 against the Twins in the Divisional Series, including a three-game sweep last year. This will mark the first time that the Twins have home field advantage.