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Raul's rally seizes day, destiny

Yanks dread the wild card -- and now they can make it Baltimore's problem

Updated: October 3, 2012, 2:40 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

For weeks now, the front-running New York Yankees have been telling each other, "Anything but the wild card." And thanks to the latest escape that pinch hitter Raul Ibanez provided them Tuesday night by smacking a seeing-eye single two innings after he'd belted another of his gotta-have-it homers -- this one a bottom-of-the-ninth, two-run shot against Boston that Ibanez sent screaming off toward the right-field seats, then followed up with the fastest sprint around the bases you'll ever see -- ...

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