Yankees to Host A’s in AL Wildcard Game, Tie Team Home Run Record

The New York Yankees will host at least one more game this season at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Following the Yankees 11-6 victory at Fenway Park over the Boston Red Sox on Friday the Yankees clinched home-field advantage for the American League wildcard game to be played on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will move on an AL Division Series and play the Red Sox starting October 5 in Boston.

The Yankees clinched home-field advantage thanks to a display of power on Friday, hitting four homers for the second consecutive game.

The last of the home runs on Friday tied the Yankees with the Seattle Mariners of 1997 with the most home runs in a single season by a team in major league baseball history with 264.

With games on Saturday and Sunday there is more than enough time for the Yankees to set a new record.

Aaron Judge’s home run in the eighth bounced of the top of the Green Monster in left before it ricocheted back onto the field. Judge’s homer tied the record and followed one each by Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Luke Voit.

The home run by Judge was the sluggers first in over two months as he spent more than seven weeks on the Yankees disabled list and did not return until September 14.

New York’s display of power backed another strong start by J.A. Happ. The lefthander is 7-0 in his 11 starts since joining the Yankees through a trade on July 26 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Although Happ did get nicked for a grand slam, he otherwise threw an impressive game allowing just three hits in all.

The success of Happ since becoming a Yankee gives him a shot at starting in next Wednesday’s wildcard game.

The Yankees hit four home runs on Thursday in a win against the Tampa Bay Rays. New York has hit four home runs or more in 16 games this season, with the next closest team this season the Oakland A’s with 11 games.

Last week, New York became the first MLB team to have 12 players hit 10 or more home runs in a season. The team lead in home runs is held by Giancarlo Stanton at 37.

Last season the Yankees also hosted the AL wildcard game and defeated the Minnesota Twins after overcoming a deficit of 3-0 in the first inning.

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