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  • BASEBALL

    Ibanez homers twice in Yankees win

  • NEW YORK — The highest-paid player in baseball could only sit and watch when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run.
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  • NEW YORK — The highest-paid player in baseball could only sit and watch when Raul Ibanez pinch hit for him and tied the game with a bottom-of-the-ninth home run.
    Alex Rodriguez had another good view from the dugout three innings later when Ibanez homered to win it.
    Saved by manager Joe Girardi's gutsy move — and Ibanez's big swings — the New York Yankees rallied for a stunning 3-2 win in the 12th over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AL division series.
    "You're going to be asked a lot of questions if it doesn't work," Girardi said.
    The slumping Rodriguez, among the greatest power hitters in history, offered no complaint, telling Girardi: "Joe, you gotta do exactly what you gotta do."
    "Maybe 10 years ago I would have reacted in a much different way," A-Rod said.
    Ibanez then stepped up and hit a tying, solo shot to right-center with one out in the ninth off major league saves leader Jim Johnson to make it 2-all.
    Yankees fans had been howling this week for Girardi to drop Rodriguez out of the No. 3 spot in the batting order. But Girardi was reluctant to move his fading slugger down in the lineup.
    Until he took him all the way out.
    "You have to make some decisions sometimes that are tough decisions. I just had a gut feeling," Girardi said.
    Rodriguez has 647 career home runs — he's chasing the all-time record of 762 by Barry Bonds — and is making $29 million this year. But was just 1 for 12 with no RBIs and seven strikeouts in this series when Girardi pulled him.
    Ibanez remained in the game and connected on the first pitch from Brian Matusz in the 12th.
    Ibanez became the first player to homer twice in a postseason game in which he didn't start, STATS said.
    Phil Hughes will try to clinch it for the Yankees tonight in Game 4. Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore.
    Baltimore had won 16 straight extra-inning games, and had been 76-0 when leading after seven, before the Yankees stung them.
    Cardinals 8, Nationals 0
    At Washington, Chris Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Pete Kozma delivered a three-run homer, and the defending champion Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals to take a 2-1 lead in their NL division series.
    Three relievers finished the shutout for the Cardinals, who can end the best-of-five series in today's Game 4 at Washington.
    Kyle Lohse will start for St. Louis. Ross Detwiler pitches for Washington, which is sticking to its long-stated plan of keeping Stephen Strasburg on the sideline the rest of the way.
    With the exception of Ian Desmond — 3 for 4 on Wednesday, 7 for 12 in the series — the Nationals' hitters are struggling mightily. They've scored a total of seven runs in the playoffs and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base in Game 3.
    Rookie phenom Bryce Harper's woes, in particular, stand out: He went 0 for 5, dropping to 1 for 15.
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