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Marlins beat Yankees, clinch first playoff berth since 2003

Miami wins 4-3 in 10 innings
Garrett Cooper celebrates, Miami Marlins at New York Yankees, Sept. 25, 2020
Posted at 11:03 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 23:12:10-04

NEW YORK — The Marlins clinched an improbable playoff berth in their coronavirus-decimated season, beating the New York Yankees 4-3 in 10 innings to seal the postseason trip on the field of the team that Miami CEO Derek Jeter and manager Don Mattingly once captained.

Miami earned its first postseason trip since 2003 when it won the World Series as the Florida Marlins, capped by a Game 6 victory in the Bronx over Jeter and his New York teammates at the previous version of Yankee Stadium.

The Marlins had the worst record in the NL last year at 57-105, then was beset by a virus outbreak early this season that prevented it from playing for more than a week.

Garrett Cooper, traded to the Marlins by the Yankees after the 2017 season, hit a three-run homer in the first inning off J.A. Happ.