The Yankees knew that their work was incomplete, even when more than 100 empty bottles of bubbly were transported to the recycling bin. Now that Didi Gregorius could miss the remainder of the regular season with a right wrist injury, their mission to hold off the Athletics for home-field advantage in the American League Wild Card Game has grown more challenging.
After Yankees manager Aaron Boone referred to the rest of the schedule as “really important,” they gave one of those contests away on Sunday. J.A. Happ hurled five solid innings, but A.J. Cole blew the lead, serving up back-to-back home runs to Tim Beckham and Renato Nunez in the sixth. The Orioles kept the Bombers in the ballpark for a 6-3 victory in the final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium this season. The Yanks remained 1 1/2 games ahead of the A’s after Oakland fell to Minnesota.
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