The Yankees clinched nothing but got the wild win they needed. Raul Ibanez’s walk-off single in the 12th finished off a 4-3 come-from-behind win against the rival Red Sox and gave the Yankees the best record in the American League heading into the final day of the season. The Orioles also won, meaning the Yankees still have a one-game division lead. If they win tomorrow, the Yankees will have the best record in the league and home field advantage through the ALCS. The Yankees trailed 3-1 in the ninth when Ibanez drove a pinch-hit, two-run homer just over the wall in right. The Yankees went on to load the bases that inning, but Mark Teixiera and Robinson Cano left them stranded. Teixeira had an especially brutal night, going 0-for-5 with nine runners left on base. Starting in place of Ivan Nova, rookie David Phelps allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning, but allowed just one hit the rest of the way while pitching 5.1 innings and giving the Yankees a strong outing. He left with a 2-1 deficit because, until that wild ninth inning, the Yankees offense managed only one run on Eduardo Nunez’s second-inning single.
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