On Baseball: Ahead of Schedule, Yankees Push Toward World Series

With four more victories, the Yankees will advance to the World Series for the first time since winning it eight years ago.

“The ’09 team, we were very confident in spring training; we felt like we knew we were going to win,” reliever David Robertson said. “This team, there’s a lot of guys that are realizing that they can win, that they’re that good.”

Robertson joined the Yankees in June 2008, one day before Gardner, who has an unbroken decade of service. Those two, and starter C. C. Sabathia, are the only Yankees who also played for the 2009 champions. All figured prominently in Wednesday’s 5-2 clincher, Sabathia and Robertson working the first seven innings, and Gardner breaking the Indians’ will in the ninth.

He came to bat with two on and two outs, the…

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