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Ibanez Homers Twice, Yanks Sting O’s In 12th

Raul Ibanez #27 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie Game Three of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Raul Ibanez #27 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie Game Three of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Raul Ibanez lined a ninth-inning home run while pinch hitting for slumping Alex Rodriguez, then hit a leadoff homer in the 12th, giving the New York Yankees a stunning 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their AL division series.

Batting for baseball’s highest-paid player, Ibanez homered to right-center with one out in the ninth inning off Baltimore closer Jim Johnson to tie it at 2. He then hit the first pitch from Brian Matusz leading off the 12th.

Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees on Thursday night in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore.

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