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Yankees playoff watch: Where they stand in postseason race

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of an MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Yankees’ dwindling playoff hopes took another hit Thursday with a 2-0 loss to the Rays.

With 10 games remaining, the Yankees (79-73) are sixth in the American League Wild Card race, trailing the Detroit Tigers by three games for the second Wild Card spot. The Toronto Blue Jays sit one game ahead of Detroit for the top slot. The Baltimore Orioles currently sit a half game behind Detroit, while the Houston Astros are 1 1/2 games back of the Tigers, The Seattle Mariners also sit two games out of the postseason.

The Yankees are also still mathematically in contention to win the AL East, sitting 9 1/2 games behind Boston with an elimination number of one. Toronto is 5 1/2 games back, while Baltimore is seven games back in the division.

The Yankees have 10 games remaining on their schedule after finishing their series with Tampa Bay. The Yanks play four more games on the road in Toronto before closing with six games at home against Boston and Baltimore.

As they come down the stretch, the Tigers have a magic number of 10 to clinch the final postseason berth, but the Yankees elimination number is eight. Boston’s magic number to win the division is currently five with nine games remaining.


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