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Yankees close out regular season with loss to Marlins, will face Cleveland in wild-card round

The Yankees’ regular season came to an end, as they couldn’t get anything going on offense in their 5-0 loss to the Marlins on Sunday.

Clarke Schmidt earned his first big-league start in the regular season finale. His seven-pitch 1-2-3 inning was a hot start.

But he ran into some trouble in the second, allowing a two-run double to Jazz Chisholm. Corey Dickerson added an RBI single to give the Marlins an early 3-0 lead. Schmidt threw 33 pitches in the second. Those were the only runs Schmidt allowed in his four innings of work, as he allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four.

The Yankees started off 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position in just the first inning. Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielders’ choice with runners on first and second, and with runners on second and third, Luke Voit struck out, while Gio Urshela grounded out too short. Through four frames, the Yankees were 0-for-5 with RISP, leaving five men on.

Brian Anderson launched a solo home run in the fifth inning off of Jonathan Holder to increase the Marlins lead to 4-0.

Then in the eighth inning, Chisholm hit a solo home run off of Nick Nelson to make it 5-0 Marlins.

DJ LeMahieu finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk, as his hunt for the AL batting title wraps up. He ends the year with a league-best .364 batting average and becomes the Yankees’ first batting champion since Bernie Williams (.339) in 1998.

Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 from the plate in what could be his final regular season game at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees brought their luggage to the Stadium, knowing that they would travel to one of four possible destinations on Sunday evening. By finishing with the American League’s No. 5 seed, the Yankees will fly to Cleveland and begin a Wild Card Series with the Indians on Tuesday.

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