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A's defend 13th-inning celebration

Updated: September 23, 2012, 5:19 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez criticized the Oakland Athletics for excessive celebration after they hit three home runs in the top of the 13th inning of Saturday's game, but the A's felt that they were well within their rights to do so.

"Listen, we've got 17 rookies in here, you know?" said A's outfielder/designated hitter Jonny Gomes, who belted one of the three 13th-inning homers in Oakland's 10-9, 14-inning loss at Yankee Stadium. "I mean, these guys are playing ...

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