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Wade Miley

Tanaka Can't Deliver Yankees

NEW YORK — When he spoke earlier this week about last night's game, Masahiro Tanaka could have been talking on behalf of the whole Yankee team. He had essentially said that this was not just a dry run for the playoffs. "Dry" was not the word to describe their situation, what with bad weather and champagne on the way.

The Yankees were close enough to the bubbly to taste it, given that their magic number was down to one after their wild-card pursuers, the Angels and Twins, both lost Wednesday night. It seems only a matter of time before the Yankees celebrate and Tanaka prepares for his start in the one-game playoff Tuesday. They just couldn't clinch it Wednesday...