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This is the last day of September, and the Yankees are off today. That means their worst full month of the season is over.

“I’ve been on teams that have scuffled in the last week of the season and won, and I’ve been on teams that have been hot in the last week of the season (and didn’t),” Derek Jeter said. “I think it’s just a matter of, you’re hot when the playoffs start. It doesn’t always work with how you played the last week of the season. But you want to be playing well.”

The Yankees went 12-15 in September. The last time they had a losing record in the final full month of a season was 2000. That year they won the World Series. From 2001 and 2008, they had double-digit losses in September only once, but they never won a championship in those eight years.

There are three games left, all of them in October. For peace of mind, I’m sure the Yankees would like to play well and build some confidence heading into the division series. Whether they need to play well, I have no idea. The October games that matter start on Wednesday.

“I don’t really think you can explain things sometimes,” Jeter said. “Just get there and see what happens.”

Associated Press photo of Alex Rodriguez