NEW YORK — Covered in bubbly and wearing his new AL East champions hat, Derek Jeter sounded almost relieved after the Yankees ended a thrilling pennant race at the top of the league.
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson hit two homers each, powering New York past the Red Sox 14-2 on a raucous Wednesday night in the Bronx for its 13th East title in 17 years.
"This was difficult. Come into the last day of the season, nobody knows what's going on. We've been taking it one day at a time for quite some time," Jeter said. "It feels good."
The Yankees completed a three-game sweep of last-place Boston to win their second straight division crown. The championship was locked up by the seventh inning, when Baltimore's 4-1 loss at the Rays went final and prompted a huge ovation from the 47,393 in attendance.
Alex Rodriguez stepped out of the batter's box, and several players high-fived and hugged in the dugout.