Yankees vs. Rays score: Yankees lose, fail to clinch playoff spot; Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners are still on their heels

We’re at the core here with just Saturday’s and Sunday’s action remaining in the regular season, unless a one-game playoff is needed on Monday, which is definitely possible, and the AL wild-card run is down. to the wire. Four teams are involved in the fight for the two spots. All four were obviously in action on Friday, although unfortunately none of them played head-to-head.

The best dog here would be the Yankees, who came into action Friday with a two-game lead over the Mariners and Red Sox for first place.

The Yankees lost what was once a pitching duel to the Rays, 4-3.

The offense was hard to come by in this one until the ninth. Nelson Cruz put the Rays on the board in the first inning with a solo shot.

That’s 32nd in the year for the seemingly eternal 41-year-old slugger.

The Yankees would hit back at the bottom of the first. Gleyber Torres led off with a double and then hit a Giancarlo Stanton single.

Rays starter Shane McClanahan went three innings before the Rays’ deep bullpen led the game to the ninth with a 2-1 lead.

The Rays led runners to second and third with two outs in the top of the ninth and rookie Wander Franco hit a right down the middle to score two runs and give the Rays a breather.

Turns out they would need it. The Yankees landed a double from Giancarlo Stanton, who later placed third due to a drastic trade against Joey Gallo. Gallo would also take advantage, sending a single bunt down the third base line. Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner followed with singles and it was 4-3. However, Rays All-Star reliever Andrew Kittredge would escape.

With the loss, the Yankees can’t get a playoff spot right now, nor can anyone else in this group.

Key American League Wild Card Games, Scores

Rays 4, Yankees 1 (score box)
Red Sox 4, Nationals 2 (score box)
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4 (score box)
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The updated leaderboard is below and will be updated as Friday’s games are completed.

AL Wild Card Positions

1. Yankees: 91-69 (+1 G)
2. Red Sox: 90-70 –
3. Sailors: 89-70 (0.5GB)
Four. Tiles: 89-71 (1GB)

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