BOSTON (AP) -To the
New York Yankees
, who have little left to play for this season, the chance to deprive the
Boston Red Sox
of a division title was barely worth waiting around for.
''I would have liked to have knocked them out of the playoffs and put us in. That would have meant something,'' manager
said Friday night after the Yankees beat Boston 19-8 to deliver the AL East title to Tampa Bay. ''It really doesn't (mean
Playing a lineup loaded with backups in an unusually meaningless matchup with their longtime rivals, the Yankees waited out
2 hours, 9 minutes of rain delays on to eliminate Boston's last chance at the division title. The
had already clinched a wild-card berth, and they will open the playoffs at the
Los Angeles Angels
''The important thing is for us to get our house in order, be healthy, and try to get everybody at-bats,'' Boston manager
said. ''But not too many.''
pinch hit for
and went 3-for-3 with two homers,
tied a career high with five RBIs and
had a career-best four RBIs for the Yankees.
scored four times and
had three of New York's season-high 20 hits in a game that didn't end until 12:52 a.m. - 5 hours, 47 minutes after the scheduled
''It was a long game,'' Abreu said. ''It was crazy, a little crazy, but we went out there and did our thing and won the game.''
New York scored in every inning but the sixth, the most runs it has scored this season and the most allowed by Boston since
losing 19-8 to the Yankees in Game 3 of the 2004 AL championship series. The
won the next four games to come back from a 3-0 deficit, then swept St. Louis in the World Series to end their 86-year championship
With Boston playoff-bound and the Yankees watching the postseason from the outside for the first time since 1993, both teams
used the sloppy field and various aches as a reason to make liberal substitutions. It rained all day, but the ballpark was
sold out - the 467th straight sellout at Fenway Park, giving the
a season attendance record of 2,973,717.
during the 1 hour, 31 minute delay at the start of the game, then took
out when his balky back acted up after one at-bat. The Yankees turned the bottom of their order over to
and Gardner and pulled Jeter in the fourth with a sore left hand.
More starters left during a 38-minute delay after a pelting rain began in the fifth, just before Ransom hit his second homer.
By the time it was over, there were just a few hundred fans left in the stands.
Girardi said Jeter will sit Saturday and might play Sunday. Lowell is doubtful for Sunday and might not be ready for the first
round of the playoffs. Matsuzaka will take his turn on Saturday, and Ortiz is expected to play as well.
The Yankees scored in each of the first five innings to open a 13-4 lead and chase Matsuzaka substitute
, who was making his second start of the season. Pauley (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits while getting eight outs.
(4-0) struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief for the victory.
connected for a leadoff homer in the first and had four hits for Boston.
Jonathan Van Every
hit a two-run triple in the ninth and finished with three RBIs.
Notes: Because of the rain, the
postponed the ceremony to retire
's No. 6 until Sunday. ... It was Ellsbury's third career homer leading off the first inning. He also became the third player
history with 50 stolen bases in a season, joining
(54 in 1973) and
(52 in '12). ...
, who was called up from Triple-A on Thursday, recorded his first major league hit and RBI in the fourth. C
also had his first big league hit. ... Yankees RHP
is considering whether to have offseason surgery on his sore right shoulder, but he remains available this weekend. Girardi
received encouraging news from a backup MRI.