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First, the Yankees desperately need a win to get the taste of the playoffs on their lips instead of sniffing it in front of their noses.
Secondly, the Yankees must have Tanaka tuned up for his potential start in the American League Wild Card game.
Third, and in my mind most importantly, Tanaka has to prove he is healthy enough to pitch without abandon. He cannot come into today’s game giving less than 100 percent. If Tanaka cannot go full throttle, he’ll be of no use to the Yankees for the wild card affair.