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MLB Playoffs 2011: Why the New York Yankees Keep Falling Short
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When Alex Rodriguez struck out to end the game, and the Yankee season, it was only fitting.

Rodriguez hit .111 in the division series against the Tigers, and struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning in the decisive Game 5 that sent the New York Yankees home early once again in 2011.

Rodriguez's poor postseason play is one of several reasons the Yankees have fallen short of reaching the World Series yet again.

A franchise that won four world championships in five years during the 1990s has won just one in the decade since.

What happened?

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