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Ibanez Pinch Hits for ARod, Hits Two Homers to Lift NY over the Orioles in 12

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Ken Bell

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Ibanez homers twice, Yanks sting O's in 12th

HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer
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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