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Yanks punch playoff ticket
New York scored three runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third and went on to beat Boston to win its eighth straight American League East title. Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and A-Rod homered, and Randy Johnson allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings.
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Yankees 8, Red Sox 4
Gary Sheffield watches his two-run homer head toward the Green Monster in the first. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Series at a glance:
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Sox lose, still lead Wild Card
Veteran right-hander Tim Wakefield gave up three Yankees homers as part of a tough five-inning outing that saw the knuckleballer allow seven runs and seven hits. The Red Sox got two home runs from Manny Ramirez and a solo blast by Tony Graffanino -- who finished the day 3-for-4 -- in the seventh inning, but the taters weren't enough to spur a Boston comeback at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: October 01, 2005
NYY
NY Yankees (95-66)
Won 1
NY Yankees 8, Boston 4   BOS
Boston (94-67)
Lost 1
October 1, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
3 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0   8 12 0
Boston
2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0   4 7 0
Standings through 10/1/05  |  Gameday  |  Yankees Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jeter, SS4121010.308
Rodriguez, A, 3B5241000.322
Giambi, DH5101014.271
Sheffield, RF4112102.291
Matsui, LF4121010.304
Cano, 2B4011002.295
Martinez, 1B4110013.243
Williams, CF4110013.251
Crosby, CF0000000.271
Flaherty, C3001000.165
Totals3781281514 

BATTING
2B: Williams (19, Wakefield), Rodriguez, A (29, Gonzalez).
HR: Sheffield (34, 1st inning off Wakefield, 1 on, 1 out), Matsui (23, 3rd inning off Wakefield, 0 on, 2 out), Rodriguez, A (48, 5th inning off Wakefield, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Rodriguez, A 8; Sheffield 4; Matsui 5; Cano; Martinez; Williams 2.
RBI: Giambi (87), Sheffield 2 (123), Flaherty (11), Jeter (70), Matsui (116), Rodriguez, A (130), Cano (62).
2-out RBI: Matsui.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Williams 2; Sheffield.
SF: Flaherty; Jeter.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Cano (3, 2nd base by Stanton/Mirabelli).
PO: Cano (1st base by Stanton).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, CF3100212.316
Renteria, SS4000014.276
Ortiz, DH4010011.299
Ramirez, M, LF4223001.290
Millar, 1B3000011.272
a-Olerud, PH-1B1000000.292
Mueller, 3B3000121.293
Mirabelli, C3000021.224
b-Varitek, PH1010000.281
Nixon, RF4000012.277
Graffanino, 2B4131001.310
Totals344743914 

a-Grounded out for Millar in the 8th. b-Singled for Mirabelli in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz (40, Johnson).
HR: Ramirez, M 2 (44, 1st inning off Johnson, 1 on, 2 out; 8th inning off Gordon, 0 on, 1 out), Graffanino (7, 7th inning off Johnson, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ortiz 2; Ramirez, M 8; Varitek; Graffanino 6.
RBI: Ramirez, M 3 (141), Graffanino (37).
2-out RBI: Ramirez, M 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Renteria 2; Mueller; Damon.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Damon (18, 2nd base off Johnson/Flaherty), Graffanino (7, 2nd base off Johnson/Flaherty).

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Stanton (Cano at 1st base).

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnson (W, 17-8)7.15333823.79
Gordon 0.21110112.57
Rivera 1.01000001.38
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wakefield (L, 16-12)5.07770134.15
Stanton 1.01000104.64
Gonzalez 1.01110106.11
DiNardo 1.01001201.84
Bradford 0.11000003.86
Hansen 0.21000006.00

Gonzalez pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB: Sheffield (by DiNardo).
Pitches-strikes: Johnson 122-82, Gordon 19-12, Rivera 17-12, Wakefield 80-65, Stanton 12-8, Gonzalez 18-11, DiNardo 22-12, Bradford 8-5, Hansen 9-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Johnson 6-8, Gordon 1-0, Rivera 1-2, Wakefield 7-7, Stanton 1-0, Gonzalez 0-2, DiNardo 0-1, Bradford 0-1, Hansen 1-1.
Batters faced: Johnson 30, Gordon 3, Rivera 4, Wakefield 22, Stanton 3, Gonzalez 4, DiNardo 6, Bradford 2, Hansen 3.
Inherited runners-scored: DiNardo 1-1, Hansen 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Larry Poncino. 2B: Paul Nauert. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:01.
Att: 34,556.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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