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Ibanez stars in wild one vs. A's

The 40-year-old outfielder was the standout performer in Saturday's unlikely win

Updated: September 23, 2012, 1:53 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

They have only 11 regular-season games left, and the choke chain that Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova was on Saturday -- to call his 58-pitch, 2⅓-inning stint a short leash wouldn't accurately describe it -- just added to the feel that the playoffs have already started in the Bronx. But by the end, so did the shrieks and gut-deep groans from the Stadium crowd when the Yanks seemed staggered and ready to fall 5 hours and 43 minutes after this epic started -- then roared back from four ...

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