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Of the 110 extra-innings games played so far this season through Thursday, 14 of those had gone 14 or more innings. That is tied for the most 14-plus-inning games in any season through June 13 since 1920, according to STATS LLC.
There were also 14 such games in 1976 and 1983. Since 1920, the 110 extra-innings games are second-most at this stage of the season since 114 in 2011.
The A’s sure seem to have a knack for these.
"Fortunately, we’re coming out on top of them," Reddick said of Oakland, which has five walkoff wins after leading the majors with 14 last season.
Though they’re not always without a price.
After that 10-8, 19-inning win over the Angels, Oakland put three players on the disabled list, all with injuries sustained in that game: center fielder Coco Crisp, lefty starting pitcher Brett Anderson and outfielder Chris Young.
Yankees catcher Chris Stewart stayed in the game Thursday even after a hard collision at the plate to save a run in the 15th inning. Even after his body began telling him he had been down in the crouch for far too long.
"The energy was there because it was an exciting game," Stewart said. "I started feeling a little sore there toward the end. After the 15th I think everybody was running on fumes, trying to do everything they could to win the game."
And many of this season’s marathon games have sent team travel secretaries scrambling to adjust schedules.
In Thursday’s 5-hour, 35-minute game between the Yankees and A’s — longest with a daytime first pitch in the Oakland Coliseum’s history — four of the 14 pitchers would have been credited with quality starts given what winner Jesse Chavez did in tossing 5 2-3 scoreless innings of relief. New York’s Adam Warren pitched six extra innings of scoreless relief.
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