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Playoff Push: Yankees drop to 3.5 games behind Rays and Rangers

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Last night, the Yankee bats were held silent and lost a critical game in Toronto. They are now 3.5 games back of the Rangers and Rays, who are tied for the 2 Wild Card spots. Tonight, the Yankees start a critical home-stand where they have to win at least 5 of the 6 games to give themselves a chance. Here are how the teams in contention fared yesterday:

Rays: 8-2 loss vs Rangers. Matt Moore struggles for Rays.

Rangers: 8-2 win vs Rays. Yu Darvish gets win despite walking 6 batters in 5 innings.

Indians: 2-1 win vs Astros in 11 innings. Matt Carson with walk-off single; Ubaldo Jimenez continues flawless pitching.

Orioles: 3-1 loss vs Red Sox. John Lackey pitches a complete game for the Red Sox.

Royals: OFF

Yankees: 6-2 loss vs Blue Jays. Hiroki Kuroda continues unimpressive streak.


Wild Card Standings

WC 1 Rays 83-69 —

WC 2 Rangers 83-69 —

3 Indians 83-70 0.5 GB

4 Orioles 81-71 2 GB

5 Royals 80-72 3 GB

6 Yankees 80-73 3.5 GB