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Yankees' Raul Ibanez does it again

October 13, 2012|By Michael Robinson
  • Yankees designated hitter Raul Ibanez, right, and first baseman Mark Teixeira celebrate after Ibanez's two-run home run against the Tigers in the ninth inning Saturday night in New York.
Yankees designated hitter Raul Ibanez, right, and first baseman Mark Teixeira… (Al Bello / Getty Images )

Raul Ibanez hit another game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Ibanez, 40, was the hero of Game 3 of the Yankees' divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles when he hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth and a game-winning solo home run in the 12th.

He again sent the Yankees into extra innings in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night, this time with a two-run blast off of Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde that landed a few rows up into the right-field bleachers.

Russell Martin got the bottom of the ninth started for the Yankees with a single to center. After a Derek Jeter strikeout, Ichiro Suzuki drilled a two-run home run of his own to right field.

Valverde was charged with all four runs and was removed from the game after the Ibanez home run.

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