The soft tiebreaking hit that Dellin Betances served up on Sunday simultaneously provided the Blue Jays with a lead and delivered a reality check to the Yankees’ clubhouse. For the first time, they spoke about the American League East as having been settled, with the focus now on making sure that they do what is necessary to host the American League Wild Card Game.
That blueprint for the postseason revolves around squeezing five innings from their starting pitcher, then utilizing their trusted bullpen to take a lead home. That plan worked for most of the afternoon, but Betances permitted four hits in a two-run eighth inning, allowing the Blue Jays to rally for a 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium.
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