KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- With the AL East championship already in hand, the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in 12 innings Sunday to head into the playoffs on a winning note.
Manager Joe Maddon's team learned it had clinched the division title in the ninth inning when New York lost at Boston 8-4. The Yankees and Tampa Bay began the day tied, with both teams already assured of playoff spots.
To win the division, New York needed to finish ahead of the Rays, who held the tiebreaker after winning the season series.
Tampa Bay will start the playoffs at home Wednesday against AL West champion Texas. The Yankees are the wild card and open Wednesday at AL Central champion Minnesota.