The New York Yankees lost their regular-season finale 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Without Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius or Brett Gardner in the starting lineup, the Yankees scored just once on Matt Holliday's solo home run off Danny Barnes in the seventh inning that tied the game at 1.
In the top of the eighth inning, Domingo German (0-1) allowed the go-ahead run to score on Ryan Goins' RBI groundout. Rob Refsnyder reached on a strikeout via wild pitch, advanced to second on Ezequiel Carrera's walk and advanced to third on a sac bunt before scoring on Goins' groundout.
Jordan Montgomery allowed one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Yankees, who will play the Minnesota Twins in Tuesday's wild-card game.
Brett Anderson threw five scoreless innings for Toronto. Jose Bautista hit a sac fly in the top of the fourth inning that gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
It's a loss in the final game of the season, but the year has been a big win for the Yankees, finishing 91-71.
Many experts pegged the Yankees as a fourth-place type of team, but they came out of the gate with a bang and took a sizable division lead into June. Youth, inexperience, a bevy of injuries and some poor production cost the team its division lead as it hovered around the .500 mark from June to August.
However, the Yankees showed a lot of character with a huge final month, going 20-9 and forcing the Red Sox to buckle down to win the AL East. The Yankees were in the division race until the final two games of the season, as they got healthy and produced in all facets of the game. Now, they will have to take what they learned and roll it all into one do-or-die game against the Twins on Tuesday with hopes of advancing to meet the Indians in the division series.
The Yankees play the Minnesota Twins in the wild-card game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) will face Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA). The winner of the game will play the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.