The Rays still have two games head-to-head with the Yankees and hold the tie-breaker should the two teams finish tied at the standings. But that didn’t stop ESPN.com from declaring the race over with a piece titled, “And that’s the AL East race, folks“…
Nothing more to see here. Move along…Technically, there is more to see — two more games between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays here this week, 19 games combined for the teams after that until we wrap up the 2010 regular season Oct. 3 — but that is what it felt like Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium…Under a glimmering harvest moon, the Yankees reaped a win over the Rays that seemed as if counted for more than just one game in the standings. It felt like game, set and match.
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head-to-head matchups (including Price-Sabathia II), apparently ESPN.com hasn’t looked at the reamaining games for both teams. While the Rays have 10 games with the Mariners, Orioles and Royals, the Yankees have six with the Red Sox. And don’t think the Red Sox wouldn’t love to play spoiler during the final two weeks.
ESPN may be messing their drawers in anticipation of a Yankees divisional title, but this race is far from over.