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Yankees eliminated from playoff chase by Rays

  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi calls for a new pitcher in the third inning asstarting pitcher Phil Hughes stands on the mound in a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi calls for a new pitcher in the third inning asstarting pitcher Phil Hughes stands on the mound in a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi calls for a new pitcher in the third inning asstarting pitcher Phil Hughes stands on the mound in a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi calls for a new pitcher in the third inning asstarting pitcher Phil Hughes stands on the mound in a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, after Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a base from Sunjday's game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, after Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a base from Sunjday's game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, after Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a base from Sunjday's game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, after Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a base from Sunjday's game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Mark Reynolds (39) is safe at second on a second-inning sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist loses the ball in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Mark Reynolds (39) is safe at second on a second-inning sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist loses the ball in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Mark Reynolds (39) is safe at second on a second-inning sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist loses the ball in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Mark Reynolds (39) is safe at second on a second-inning sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist loses the ball in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to a New York Yankees batter in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to a New York Yankees batter in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to a New York Yankees batter in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to a New York Yankees batter in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right. congratulate pitcher Andy Pettitte, who holds a base from his final game during a ceremony before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right. congratulate pitcher Andy Pettitte, who holds a base from his final game during a ceremony before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right. congratulate pitcher Andy Pettitte, who holds a base from his final game during a ceremony before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right. congratulate pitcher Andy Pettitte, who holds a base from his final game during a ceremony before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right, present pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, with a base from his final game, before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right, present pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, with a base from his final game, before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right, present pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, with a base from his final game, before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right, present pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, with a base from his final game, before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte waves to the crowd as he is honored before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte waves to the crowd as he is honored before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte waves to the crowd as he is honored before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte waves to the crowd as he is honored before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees relief pitcher David Huff reacts after allowing a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees relief pitcher David Huff reacts after allowing a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees relief pitcher David Huff reacts after allowing a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees relief pitcher David Huff reacts after allowing a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35), second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Reynolds wait during a pitching change after reliever David Huff gave up a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35), second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Reynolds wait during a pitching change after reliever David Huff gave up a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35), second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Reynolds wait during a pitching change after reliever David Huff gave up a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35), second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Reynolds wait during a pitching change after reliever David Huff gave up a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout after striking out looking in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout after striking out looking in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout after striking out looking in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout after striking out looking in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi calls for a new pitcher in the third inning asstarting pitcher Phil Hughes stands on the mound in a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi calls for a new pitcher in the third inning asstarting pitcher Phil Hughes stands on the mound in a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, after Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a base from Sunjday's game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, who pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, after Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a base from Sunjday's game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Mark Reynolds (39) is safe at second on a second-inning sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist loses the ball in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Mark Reynolds (39) is safe at second on a second-inning sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist loses the ball in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to a New York Yankees batter in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price delivers to a New York Yankees batter in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right. congratulate pitcher Andy Pettitte, who holds a base from his final game during a ceremony before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right. congratulate pitcher Andy Pettitte, who holds a base from his final game during a ceremony before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right, present pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, with a base from his final game, before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, and shortstop Derek Jeter, right, present pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, with a base from his final game, before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte waves to the crowd as he is honored before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte waves to the crowd as he is honored before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees relief pitcher David Huff reacts after allowing a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees relief pitcher David Huff reacts after allowing a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35), second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Reynolds wait during a pitching change after reliever David Huff gave up a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan (35), second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Reynolds wait during a pitching change after reliever David Huff gave up a sixth-inning, three-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout after striking out looking in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout after striking out looking in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The New York Yankees failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, getting mathematically eliminated last night during an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Slowed by age and hobbled by injury, the Yankees (82-76) were chased with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Cleveland Indians completed a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Despite baseball’s highest opening-day payroll at $230 million, the Yankees failed to claim one of the 10 playoff berths.

Since starting the latest run of success in 1995, New York had missed the playoffs only in 2008 – when the team bid goodbye to old Yankee Stadium. This time, the Yankees are saying goodbye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, who are retiring when the season ends Sunday.

Rangers 7, Astros 3

Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and Texas kept pace in the AL wild-card chase, handing the Astros their team-record 108th loss of the season.

The Astros lost their 12th in a row. Texas completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival.

The Rangers remained a game behind Cleveland for the AL’s second wild-card spot – Tampa Bay is a game ahead of the Indians. Texas has four games left in the regular season, with the series opener at home against the Los Angeles Angels tonight.

Angels 3, Athletics 1

Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, Josh Hamilton drove in two runs, and Los Angeles did a bit more damage to Oakland’s home-field playoff hopes.

Erick Aybar had three hits in the Angels’ final home game of their disappointing season. Los Angeles is unbeaten in its past 10 series while winning 23 of the past 32 games, including four of six over the two-time AL West champion A’s in the past two weeks.

Dan Straily (10-8) allowed seven hits while pitching into the seventh inning of his first loss since Aug. 17 for the A’s, who began the day trailing Boston by one game for the majors’ best record.

Indians 7, White Sox 2

Rookie Danny Salazar gave Cleveland a much-needed quality start and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer as the Indians tightened their grip one of the AL wild-card spots with their 14th straight win over Chicago in their home finale.

Salazar (2-3) struck out eight in 5 1∕3 innings for the Indians, who won their final six home games to stay with the wild-card leaders.

Swisher homered in the fifth inning off Dylan Axlerod (4-11) as the Indians finished the season 16-2 against Chicago.

Tigers 1, Twins 0

Max Scherzer earned his 21st win and Detroit clinched its third straight AL Central title.

Torii Hunter’s single followed a leadoff triple by Austin Jackson in the first inning, and that was all Scherzer (21-3) and the Tigers needed to start the party.

Scherzer gave up two singles in seven innings. Jose Veras and Drew Smyly teamed up for the eighth and Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth for his 24th save in 25 tries.

Orioles 9, Blue Jays 5

Ryan Flaherty hit a pair of two-run homers, Jonathan Schoop had a solo shot in his big league debut and Baltimore beat Toronto to snap a six-game skid and clinch its second straight winning season.

Steve Pearce also homered for Baltimore and Chris Davis doubled in a run to increase his RBI total to 137 – tied with Miguel Cabrera for the major league lead.

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