The Yankees' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is just one, but what they do once they reach the postseason may be decided this week. New York (95-55) opens with a three-game series at its recent nemesis and AL West leaders, the Los Angeles Angels (89-60), and then returns home for a final three-game set against the arch rival and Wild Card-leading Boston Red Sox (89-59). The Bombers lead the Sox by only four in the loss column and hold a five-game advantage in the loss column over the Angels. The Yankees need to finish with the best record in the American League for a number of reasons. First, so they can avoid playing the Angels in the ALDS. Los Angeles eliminated New York in a short series in 2002 and 2005. Playing Detroit, who the Pinstripes are 5-1 against ...
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