Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
NEW YORK -- The manager known for robotically following his "binder" full of stats took one of the biggest gambles in postseason history because, he would say later, it was a "gut feeling." That gut feeling, as well as the guts to follow through on it by New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, helped his team pull off a wild 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Girardi sent Raul Ibanez up in the ninth to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest hitters of all time, and Ibanez rewarded his manager's faith with a game-tying home run in the ninth and the game-winning shot in the 12th. In the process, the Yankees took a 2-1 advantage in the ALDS after being just two outs from trailing by the same margin. They can earn a trip to the American League Championship Series with a win Thursday night. "Yeah, of course you do," a drained but relieved Girardi said when asked if he couldn't believe he ...
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