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World Series Baseball: Can Yankees Win in Arizona?


After losing the first two games of the 2001 World Series in Phoenix, the Yankees have beaten the Arizona Diamondbacks three straight in New York. Thursday's victory was the Yankees record 10th-straight Fall Classic win at home. The Bronx Bombers always seem to find a way to win at Yankee Stadium.

For the second night in a row Thursday, the Yankees went into the bottom of the ninth trailing by two runs. And for the second straight night, a two-run homer with two outs tied the game and allowed New York the chance to win in extra innings. And of course they did.

The strange thing was that the New York fans never gave up. They knew that somehow, some way, their Yankees would manage to win. Call it destiny, or the Yankee Mystique. But Arizona manager Bob Brenly does not agree.

That's cheapening what the Yankees are all about," he said. "They're a great baseball team. Trying to play it off to something supernatural, I think, takes away from the ability of these players."

The home team has won each game so far, and that bodes well for the Diamondbacks, who will send Randy "the Big Unit" Johson to the mound for Game 6, Saturday night. Andy Pettitte will try to pitch the Yankees to their fourth consecutive World Series title.