The season ends and the party begins. The Yankees clinched the best record in the American League tonight, thumping the Red Sox 14-2 in the final game of the regular season to lock up home-field advantage through the ALCS. The Yankees will play the winner of Friday’s wild card play-in game between the Orioles and Rangers. The Yankees won 16 of their last 21 games, capping the season with a definitive win against their disappointing rivals. Robinson Cano matched his career high with six RBI, four of them coming on a pair of two-run homers. Curtis Granderson also homered twice, including the three-run shot that put the Yankees in the lead in the second inning. Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs through seven innings for his 16th win, and the Yankees were able to pull most of their regulars in the late innings when the end result was no longer in doubt. A season that was uncomfortably tight down the stretch ended with the Yankees most lopsided win of the year.
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