Yankees eliminated after 9th inning rally falls short in Game 4

On the September evening that the Red Sox clinched the American League East title, Giancarlo Stanton stood in front of his Yankee Stadium locker and complimented his team’s blood rival, then quipped, “They can celebrate now. We’ve got time to celebrate later.”

Boasting an intimidating lineup that established a single-season record for homers and a bullpen that ranked among the league’s finest, the Yankees believed they had the required ingredients to be the last team standing. Yet their chase for a championship expired with Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the AL Division Series.

In what could be his final start in pinstripes, CC Sabathia was peppered for three runs over three innings, placing the bats in an early hole as New Jersey native Rick Porcello and four relievers (including Chris Sale) held down a lineup that slugged 267 homers during the regular season but was outscored by 13 runs (27-14) in the ALDS.

The Yankees injected some drama in the ninth off Craig Kimbrel, scoring two runs, but the rally fell just short.

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