Rapid Reaction: Yankees 14, Red Sox 2

NEW YORK -- It’s officially over.

The 2012 season for the Boston Red Sox is kaput. It’s finished. It’s over.

The season ended in the way far too many games did this year -- with a loss -- as the New York Yankees celebrated their A.L. East title with a 14-2 win Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Boston ended the season with an eight-game losing streak and a 69-93 record, finishing in last place in the division. It’s the first time the Red Sox have finished in last place since 1992, when they went 73-89 in a seven-team A.L. East.

And how about the fact the final starting pitcher for the Red Sox on this dismal season was none other than right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. Pitching what likely was his final game with the Sox, Matsuzaka fell to 1-7 and lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits with one walk, two strikeouts and two home runs. He threw only 43 pitches (27 for strikes).

Matsuzaka is now a free agent and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said prior to the game the only free agents the Red Sox are in talks with are David Ortiz and Cody Ross. If it was Dice-K’s last game, he finishes with a 50-37 record in 116 games with Boston.

“I didn’t expect my six years to end the way it did,” Matsuzaka said. “It’s been hard on me mentally for a while now. There were some great memories. My first year winning the World Series was great, but I wasn’t able to perform to my expectations after the first two years, so I’m very disappointed and I’m very apologetic that I wasn’t able to perform to my expectations.”

The Yankees made sure to finish off the Sox’s season by pummeling Boston into submission.

Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano each hit a pair of home runs, Granderson bringing his total to 43, Cano to 33. The Yankees finished the season with 245 homers to set a franchise record. The previous mark was 244 set in 2009.

The Yankees hit 43 homers against the Red Sox this season, which is the most New York has ever hit against Boston in one year.

It’s a sure bet that manager Bobby Valentine also worked his last game in a Red Sox uniform. He could know his fate even before the team’s plane lands in Boston.

UP NEXT: Thankfully, the offseason. You can be sure that Cherington & Co. will be extremely busy starting right . . . now.