NEW YORK -- Raul Ibanez placed a 12th-inning single into left field against Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, scoring Francisco Cervelli and handing the Yankees a 4-3 win over the Sox Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The victory allowed New York to clinch at least a tie for the American League East crown.
The Sox, meanwhile, dropped to 69-92, ensuring that, with one game remaining and the fourth-place Blue Jays now 72-89, the Sox will end the year with the worst record in the five-team American League East. It is the first time that they've had a last-place season since 1992, when the 73-89 Sox finished seventh out of seven teams in the pre-realignment AL East.
"We didn’t start the season to finish fifth or sixth, fourth or third," manager Bobby Valentine said.
Ibanez tied the game in the ninth inning with a two-run, pinch-hit home run against Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey. The homer, which cleared the right-field fence, came with nobody out and scored Curtis Granderson, who led off the frame with a single. After the home run Bailey went on to load the bases, leading to the Red Sox manager bringing on Mark Melancon with one out in the ninth. After retiring Mark Teixeira on a shallow fly ball to center field, Melancon got out of the inning with a ground ball to second off the bat of Robinson Cano.
Up until the ninth, it appeared as though two first-inning runs would be all the Red Sox would need. Then when James Loney smacked a solo shot in the ninth, it seemed as though the Sox were on their way to snapping a six-game losing streak. The Yankees had failed to win a game in 58 opportunities when trailing after eight innings this season.
A Red Sox victory would have thrown New York back into a first-place tie with the Orioles with one game left in the regular season, as Baltimore claimed a 1-0 win over the Rays. The Yankees and Sox will finish off the regular-season Wednesday with Daisuke Matsuzaka taking on Hiroki Kuroda.
The Sox offense was spurred on in the first inning by Dustin Pedroia, who was playing despite being diagnosed with a broken ring finger on his left hand. The second baseman followed Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff single with a run-scoring double.
Pedroia proceeded to cap the scoring in the first on Cody Ross' sacrifice fly.
The only Yankees run prior to the ninth came in the second inning against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, with Eduardo Nunez' single to shortstop bringing in Granderson. The run was unearned, allowing Lester to finish his five-inning outing not giving up an earned run while allowing eight hits.
Lester was forced to leave the game after five innings due to back spasms. He finished throwing 83 pitches, giving way to reliever Rich Hill. Hill was followed in relief by Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Bailey.
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNEMore from this show
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.More from this show
Television show writer of Showtime's "Shameless" and Boston native, Mike O’Malley unexpectedly calls Danny from California to react to Belichick’s press conference.More from this show