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Playoff Push: Yankees 3 games back of both Wild Card spots

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The Yankees lost the second game of the series to the Red Sox yesterday and the Rays won again, so the Yanks are now 3 games back of Tampa. However, on the semi-bright side, the Rays and Rangers are tied for the first Wild Card spot and the two teams clash next week in Tampa for 4 games. So, don’t count out the Yankees yet. Here are how the teams in contention fared yesterday:

Rangers: 1-0 loss vs A’s. Bartolo Colon out-duels Yu Darvish.

Rays: 7-0 win vs Twins. Rays shut out Twins for the second consecutive game.

Indians: 8-1 win vs White Sox. Ubaldo Jimenez is dominant again for the Indians.

Yankees: 5-1 loss vs Red Sox. Jon Lester shuts down Yankees.

Orioles: 4-3 loss vs Blue Jays. Chris Tillman pitches complete game in loss.

Royals: 1-0 win vs Tigers. Eric Hosmer’s RBI triple in the first inning proves to be enough support for Ervin Santana.


Wild Card Standings

WC 1 Rangers 81-66 —

WC 2 Rays 81-66 —

3 Indians 80-68 1.5 GB

4 Yankees 79-70 3 GB

5 Orioles 78-70 3.5 GB

5 Royals 78-70 3.5 GB