7:10 PM ET, September 26, 2007
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
• Summary: The Yankees clinched their 13th straight postseason appearance, beating the Devil Rays Wednesday night to guarantee at least a wild-card berth in the playoffs.
• Heroes: Robinson Cano tied a career-best with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off J.P. Howell in the fifth.
• Did you see that? George Steinbrenner made a rare appearance this season to celebrate.
• Figure this: Chien-Ming Wang (19-7) became the first Yankees pitcher to win at least 19 games in consecutive seasons since Tommy John won 21 in 1979 and 22 in 1980.
• Hunt for October: The victory, New York's 15th in 20 games, eliminated defending AL champion Detroit from postseason contention and set up a probable first-round matchup with Cleveland.
• Quotable: "There were a lot of guys who played through some injuries, played through some fatigue. And, of course, Alex -- we sort of rallied around him." -- Yanks manager Joe Torre, who shed tears-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 12, Devil Rays 4
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
|x-clinched playoff spot|
Pena's fifth-inning homer was the first allowed by a Yankees starter since Sept. 5, a stretch of 110 innings. ... Jorge Cantu held the previous Devil Rays record for RBIs in a season, 117 in 2005.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 10-8 (as of Wed 9/26)|
|Mon 4/2||@NYY 9, TB 5||Recap|
|Thu 4/5||TB 7, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Mon 4/23||@TB 10, NYY 8||Recap|
|Tue 4/24||@TB 6, NYY 4||Recap|
|Thu 7/12||NYY 7, @TB 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/13||@TB 6, NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/14||NYY 6, @TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 7/15||NYY 7, @TB 6||Recap|
|Fri 7/20||TB 14, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/21||@NYY 7, TB 3||Recap|
|Sat 7/21||@NYY 17, TB 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/22||@NYY 21, TB 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/31||TB 9, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/1||@NYY 9, TB 6||Recap|
|Sun 9/2||TB 8, @NYY 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/25||@TB 7, NYY 6||Recap|
|» Wed 9/26||NYY 12, @TB 4||Box Score|
|Thu 9/27||NYY 3, @TB 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Devil Rays|
|TB||1st||C Pena hit sacrifice fly to left, A Iwamura scored.||0||1|
|4th||D Jeter homered to left.||1||1|
|4th||R Cano grounded out to second, B Abreu scored, A Rodriguez to third.||2||1|
|5th||D Jeter hit sacrifice fly to right, D Mientkiewicz scored, J Damon to third.||3||1|
|5th||J Posada singled to center, J Damon and B Abreu scored, A Rodriguez to third.||5||1|
|5th||R Cano homered to right, A Rodriguez and J Posada scored.||8||1|
|5th||D Mientkiewicz doubled to deep center, S Duncan scored.||9||1|
|TB||5th||C Pena homered to center.||9||2|
|6th||B Abreu singled to right, J Damon scored, D Jeter to second.||10||2|
|6th||J Posada singled to right, D Jeter scored, B Abreu to third.||11||2|
|6th||R Cano singled to center, B Abreu scored, J Posada to second.||12||2|
|TB||8th||J Gomes homered to left center, G Norton scored.||12||4|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||21,621 (63.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Gorman, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Mike Dimuro, Third Base - Gerry Davis|