New York Yankees clinch first AL East title since 2012

Steve Gardner, USA TODAY
Published 9:17 p.m. ET Sept. 19, 2019
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports spoke with members of the Yankees, including GM Brian Cashman, about the team’s excitement to kick off the postseason in New York.
USA TODAYWith win No. 100 on Thursday night, the New York Yankees clinched their first American League East division title in seven years.DJ LeMahieu opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the second inning and Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run in seven innings to power the Yankees to a 9-1 defeat of the Los Angeles Angels.Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier also homered as the Yankees matched their win total from last year — with eight games to play in the regular season. In the race for the top seed in the AL playoffs, the Yankees moved to a half game behind the Houston Astros, who were idle on Thursday. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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