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Top 5 Key Moments In New York Yankees ALDS Game 3 Win Against The Baltimore Orioles

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Going into Game 3 of the American League Division Series, all the attention was on Alex Rodriguez and why New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi kept him at the No. 3 spot in the batting order and by the end of the game, everyone was wondering who Alex Rodriguez was.

Rodriguez finished the night 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the Yankees 3-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles. The question will come up again Thursday as to where Rodriguez will bat. He was taken out of the game in the ninth for Raul Ibanez and we all know how that unfolded.

Aside from Ibanez’s heroics, Hiroki Kuroda and Miguel Gonzalez both had outstanding performances. Kuroda lasted 8 1/3 innings allowing only two runs on five hits.

Kuroda’s counterpart Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits and struck out eight batters. He continued to dominate the Yankees like he has been as of late.

The young Orioles squad got a taste of what playoff baseball is like in the Bronx. There is a different aura in October than there is at any other point of the season. The Orioles should take this as a learning experience and should not be discouraged or taken back in Game 4. It is there last chance and they have come this far to not back down in an elimination game.

As for the Yankees, Phil Hughes will get the ball in Game 4. Hughes cannot be the shaky Hughes that he could be at sometimes. He needs to be the 19-win version of himself that we saw in 2010.

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Nate McLouth over runs second base

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In the first inning, Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth led off the game with a single. Later in the next at-bat, McLouth took off for second base where he was met with the ball and Derek Jeter.

It looked like McLouth over ran second base and Jeter kept the tag on him and the umpire called McLouth out. In the replays you can see that Jeter’s foot got tied up with McLouth’s foot, which could have led McLouth to veer off base.

Make your own call but he was ruled out.

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Ryan Flaherty puts Orioles up 1-0

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In the top of the third inning, Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty got his second at-bat in the postseason. Flaherty connected on a home run off of Hiroki Kuroda to put the Orioles up 1-0 early.

However, the Yankees would answer in the bottom of the inning on a Derek Jeter RBI triple.

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Machado gives Orioles lead late in game

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In a 1-1 ball game in the top of the fifth inning, Kuroda would slip up one more time. He would allow a go-ahead home run to Manny Machado to give the Orioles the lead in a game that was turning into a pitchers’ duel.

It was Machado’s first hit of the postseason.

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Ibanez pinch hits for Rodriguez; Ties game

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You always hear that wherever Alex Rodriguez is placed in the lineup, drama will follow him. In the bottom of the ninth it did, however, manager Joe Girardi made sure that Rodriguez would not get the chance to let himself down.

Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Rodriguez and with a 1-0 count, Ibanez delivered a shot to right field, over the wall for a game-tying home run off of Jim Johnson.

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Ibanez delivers game-winning home run

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Ibanez got another chance to deliver a big hit for the Yankees in the bottom of the 12th inning. Ibanez came through in the clutch once again hitting a walk-off solo home run to win the game.

Ibanez became the first person in postseason history to hit a home run in the ninth inning and a home run in extra innings in the same game. Not to mention that he gives the Yankees a 2-1 series lead over the Orioles.