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Two days after being taunted by Boston fans wearing blond bimbo masks, Alex Rodriguez silenced Red Sox Nation, taking an 0-2 fastball from Boston’s dominating closer Jonathan Papelbon and depositing it over the right field fence to break a 5-5 tie in the 9th inning. Mariano Rivera closed the door in the bottom of the 9th, retiring David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez to seal the 6-5 victory.

Ortiz momentarily seemed as if he may have tied the game on a ball crushed to right field, however the ball died short of the warning track. The feared slugger seems to have lost much of his power since missing three games last week with sore hamstrings that continue to ail him. ESPN aired footage of Ortiz grimacing after each swing in batting practice prior to the game, rarely using his legs to drive anything with much authority. The Yankees, who have been plagued my injures all season – and hamstring injuries in particular – will take it.

It was a rewarding finale to a whirl-wind week for A-Rod. Though the slugger had answered many of his critics already this season with a pair of walk-off home runs, Sunday night’s game-winning blast was probably the most timely, critical, and improbable of his Yankee career.

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