The Yankees are stuck at 9999 wins in their history after losing to Boston 5-1 on Monday night.
Yes, the next win will make them the first AL team to 10000.
A-Rod got the Yanks on the board in the first with a SF, but the Yanks didn’t score after that.
Ivan Nova was strong for five innings, but gave up a two-run HR in the sixth, and another in the seventh.
Caleb Cotham gave up a solo HR in the ninth.
The loss all but eliminates the Yanks from winning the division. At 86-70, the Yanks are five behind Toronto with six games to play.
They remain 3 1/2 up on Houston for the top wild card spot, and four up on the Angels to just get into that wild card game.
The magic # to make the playoffs remains at 3.
Masahiro Tanaka will start on Wednesday. This lines him up to start the wild card game on five days rest.
But the Yanks don’t know who they will face. Houston? Angels? Minnesota?
Nova (L 6-10, 4.89) 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87
Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 7.81
Cotham 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.02
Update: I’m not sure how they do the math, but the Yanks could clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Twins AND Angels tonight. Must be how they would do the tiebreakers and a 163rd game…. Also, Dave Miley will not be returning as SWB’s mgr. next year.