New York Yankees Clinch AL East: No Time to Panic, Red Sox Fans

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New York Yankees Clinch AL East: No Time to Panic, Red Sox Fans
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It was a slap in the face to the Boston Red Sox today at Yankees Stadium, but it's not over.

After missing out on the playoffs a year ago, the New York Yankees clinched the American League East in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
Boston is stuck on three games to clinch the AL Wild Card.
This is the first time the Yankees have won 100 games since 2004, when they finished at 101-61.
In 2003, they had the same record and 2002 New York was 103-58.
Let's recap what happened to the Yankees in the playoffs from 2002-2004.
2002: Eliminated in ALDS in four games to Anaheim Angels (World Series champions).
2003: Lost WS in six games to Arizona Diamondbacks.
2004: Lost in ALCS in seven games to Red Sox (WS champions).
Let them celebrate.  Boston has seven more games at friendly Fenway Park to get the job done.  It's not the end of the world, but of course the Sox didn't want to be the team to lose for it to be official.
With the loss, the season series ends up tied 9-9, after Boston jumped out to a dominating 8-0 run.
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