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Yankees secure postseason berth after September surge

The New York Yankees have punched their ticket to the postseason.

With the Seattle Mariners’ loss Sunday, the Yankees officially clinched their 22nd playoff berth in the past 26 seasons. They are the fifth American League team to clinch a spot in the 2020 postseason, joining the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins.

A lot has changed for the Yankees over the past 10 days. After losing to Toronto on Sept. 8, New York had fallen back to .500 after a 16-6 start and was at risk of being passed in the standings by the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees then reeled off a 10-game winning streak, which just ended Sunday against the Red Sox, to take control of their own destiny. So even though they’re backing into the playoffs like this, this Yankees team will take it.

The Yankees are still alive in the AL East race as well. They trail the first-place Rays by 3.5 games heading into the season’s final week. Tampa Bay has shown no real sign of slowing down though, having won seven of their past 10.