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Deven Marrero

Tanaka, Bullpen Can't Deliver Yankees

NEW YORK — The Yankees' normally steady bullpen wasted a chance to clinch New York's first playoff berth in three years when Dellin Betances gave up a tying homer and Andrew Bailey allowed the go-ahead hit in Boston's 9-5, 11-inning victory Wednesday night.

After losses in the first two games of the four-game series and with the chance to wrap up a wild-card berth, the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit. Alex Rodriguez's first homer in two weeks gave them a 5-4 lead in the sixth.

But on a night when Masahiro Tanaka struggled early in his return from a hamstring injury, the Yankees stumbled again. Still, they need just one win in their final four games to earn the playoff...