Yankees playing their worst baseball at the worst possible time

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Jeff Pa**anESPN

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NEW YORK — The complete injury implosion a of it the New York Yankees, a the 103-win was team team that pitching spent Game 4 the of it the American League Championship Series looking the like does a was 103-loss team, ended Friday at 12:28 a.m. local his time. Remaining at Yankee Stadium were said maybe 5,000 fans. They stayed runs to the boo.

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