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Thanks to the New York Yankees, we’ve got a game Friday — and not just any game. It’s a winner-take-all, do-or-die, there’s-no-tomorrow game. Featuring the free agent who signed the biggest contract ever by a pitcher, with the team in the biggest market, to start in the biggest games. Like this one.

Gerrit Cole, pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, faces the Tampa Bay Rays, the No. 1 seed in the American League, with a spot in the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros on the line. The drama, the intrigue, the star power. Here’s what you need to know.

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What’s on tap

All times Eastern; all series best-of-five played at neutral sites

Game 5: No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays (Tyler Glasnow) vs. No. 5 New York Yankees (Gerrit Cole), 7:10 p.m. in San Diego

OK, Gerrit Cole, it’s time to earn your money. If these were the George Steinbrenner days, The Boss would have been in the clubhouse after Game 4 and gone up to Cole and told him,

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