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Extra, Extra: Free baseball on Sunday

4/20/2014

This was a good day for extra-inning games in baseball, with two going 14 innings or longer and another finishing up in 12 frames. Let’s put the statistical microscope to each one.

New York Yankees 5, Tampa Bay Rays 1 (12)

Key moment: Dean Anna walks with bases loaded to force in go-ahead run in the 12th inning.

Anna entered the at-bat hitless in his last eight at-bats and is only 3 for 22 this season, but he held his swing on a 3-2 slider at the most critical point of the day.

Anna has seen 20 sliders this season. He hasn’t swung and missed at one yet.

Did You Know? The last time the Yankees beat the Rays on an extra-inning bases-loaded walk was in 2000 when Paul O’Neill drew a walk from Jim Morris, the pitcher immortalized in the movie “The Rookie.”

New York Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 3 (14)

Key moment: After an intentional walk to Eric Young Jr., Curtis Granderson benefits from a wild pitch that advanced runners to second and third, then hits a go-ahead sacrifice fly.

It was Granderson’s first walk-off RBI since the 2006 season. He’s hitless in his past 16 at bats and hitting .127 this season after an 0 for 6 on Sunday. That’s the fifth-lowest batting average in the majors and explains why Young was walked, even though David Wright (who had four hits in the game) was waiting to hit after Granderson.

Did You Know? It is the second latest the Mets have won a game by walk-off sacrifice fly. They had a 15-inning win against the San Diego Padres in 1983.

Milwaukee Brewers 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (14)

Key moment: In a game that will be better remembered for a fight involving Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee continued its winning ways when Ryan Braun homered to tie the game in the ninth and Khris Davis homered to win the game in the 14th.

It marked the second time Braun hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning or later, the first since Aug. 17, 2008, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It’s the second time in the last four seasons that a Brewers player hit a homer in the 14th inning or later. The other was by Prince Fielder in 2011.

Did You Know? This is the first time the Brewers beat the Pirates in a game lasting 14 innings or longer.