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New York Yankees: 6 Players Who Must Perform for a Deep Playoff Run
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte.

As the New York Yankees continue through yet another wildly successful regular season campaign, fans have inevitably set their sights on October and all the possibilities that come with it.

Although the Bombers have consistently maintained one of the MLB's best records throughout 2012, injuries to key players such as Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte have created serious question marks about whether this team is built for a protracted postseason run.

A year ago, the Yankees won 97 games in the regular season, only to be bounced by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the playoffs. The season was considered a failure because, let's face it, this is New York.

In the Big Apple, fans do not care about regular season success. In this city, championships are paramount and nothing else matters. The Yankees have the ability to make a World Series run this year, but to do so, several players will have to step up and make it happen.

Let's take a look at six specific players that the team needs to step up in order to transition the Bombers' regular season success into the playoffs.

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