Originally written September 23, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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NEW YORK -- The ball soared off Alex Rodriguez's bat in the bottom of the ninth, flying deeper and deeper to right field, threatening to tie the game for the New York Yankees. As the Oakland A's tracked the ball's flight, the memories of the past two games could easily have flown through their heads. Two nights before, Russell Martin sent the Yankees home with a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. Then, on Saturday, the Yankees had answered Oakland's four-run 13th inning with one of their own, before winning an epic battle the next inning. Now, Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick backed up all the way to the wall in pursuit of Rodriguez's one-out bid for a game-tying homer on Sunday. Then he made a small leap and hushed the Yankee Stadium crowd by making the catch, and the A's hung on for a 5-4 win. Oakland had finally escaped to salvage the finale of a tense series between two playoff contenders. Thanks largely to Cliff Pennington&#...
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