With the Rays and Red Sox in a fight for the American League's wild card, the Yankees still have a role to play. For the second straight night, they lost to Tampa Bay, dropping a 5-3 game on Tuesday. With Boston's 8-7 win over the Orioles, the Rays and Red Sox remain tied entering the season's final day on Wednesday. The Yankees started Bartolo Colon and used Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera in relief. But they still hit into a triple play—Russell Martin hit a sharp grounder to third with the bases loaded—and blew a chance to open up their 3-2 lead. Instead, they fell behind to keep some excitement in this season's final stretch. In Wednesday's season finale, they won't be pitching anyone who will be on the postseason roster, so the Rays could very well sweep them. No matter who wins the wild card, the Yankees will open the playoffs Friday at home against either Texas or Detroit.
The final storyline surrounding the Mets' season is Jose Reyes' quest for the batting title. He went 3-for-6 with two homers but the Mets fell, 5-4, to the Reds in 13 innings. Reyes will play Wednesday, manager Terry Collins said, but he may not play the whole game. Collins did have his 2013 option exercised Monday, so he won't be a lame duck next season.