Yankees cede fate of AL East to Rays

Bombers play worst ball of season in Fenway split -- leaving Tampa Bay in driver's seat

Updated: October 3, 2010, 3:23 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- For four glorious hours, the New York Yankees held control over the fate of their 2010 season. All they needed to do was beat a lineup that wore the uniforms of the Boston Red Sox but looked more like their Triple-A affiliate from Pawtucket and they could be in position to finally put away those pesky Tampa Bay Rays and claim sole ownership of the AL East title without needing anyone else's help.

But in fact, they turned out to be four lousy hours, four hours of the worst baseball ...

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