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10/16/2001 12:54 AM ET
Yanks always find a way to win
NEW YORK -- Is there anything the Yankees can't do?

They win World Series title after World Series title after World Series title. And, just when it seemed as if all that winning would end meekly at hands of the Oakland A's, they wake up and start the winning all over again.

Manager Joe Torre talks about how his team's approach to the game has been businesslike, and they seem to be able to turn it on when they need to. And that was proven against Oakland after losing twice at Yankee Stadium to start the series.

Undoubtedly, the Yankees will take that same game plan to Seattle for a rematch of the 2000 AL Championship Series. Their starting pitching staff gave it all they had against Oakland and proved they were pretty much free of the injuries that were in question at the end of the regular season.

Their defense and pitching both came through when they had to, from the stellar throwing of first-year Yankee Mike Mussina to the spectacular hustling defensive plays of shortstop Derek Jeter. But, again, it was the team's post-season experience that seemed to keep the Yankees in it while everyone wrote them off.

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Before the playoffs began, many prognosticators said the winner of the ALCS would win the World Series, whether it was New York-Seattle or Oakland-Seattle. That may still be true. But for the Yankees to win a fourth straight World Series, they will have to beat a team that tied the record for most regular season wins ever.

Can the Yankees do it?

Maybe a better question is, Why not?

Sizzler: Derek Jeter wasn't the offense hero of the series but his two incredible defensive plays in the series helped save runs from being scored and turned the momentum in the Yankees' favor. Fizzlers The A's had a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five series with two games at home to put it away. Nothing fizzles like two straight losses at home. Fearless prediction: How can anyone pick against the Yankees to win the World Series now?

Paul C. Smith is a regional writer for MLB.com based in Tampa.