The New York Yankees, $210-million payroll and all, found themselves in a fight for their playoff lives Sunday. They rallied from a four-run fifth-inning deficit for a 9-6 victory over Toronto that kept them tied with Baltimore atop the American League East with three games to go.
Robinson Cano's two-run double keyed a three-run seventh inning that tied the score, 5-5, Derek Jeter capped a two-run eighth with a run-scoring single, and New York pulled away on Curtis Granderson's two-run single in the ninth.
But it wasn't until later, when Texas beat the Angels, 8-7, in the second game of a doubleheader that the Yankees could breathe a little easier. The Angels' loss clinched playoff spots for the Yankees, Rangers and Orioles, who are in the postseason for the first time since 1997.
"Tonight was a season-defining game for us," Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher said. "We could have gone down big like that and just packed it in, but that's not this team's M.O. We fight to the end."