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Mariano Rivera played his final regular season game at Oakland's O.Co Coliseum on Thursday, and it's probably one he'd like to forget.
Rivera — baseball's all-time saves leader who is planing to retire at season's end — gave up the game-winning single in the 18th inning of a marathon between his New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. Nate Freiman singled to left field, plating John Jaso for a 3-2 victory. The win gave the first-place A's a three-game sweep of the Yankees.
Among the odd/impressive/interesting happenings in the game:
• Lots of zeroes: The Yankees scored their two runs in the first inning. The A's scored their first two in the third. That left a lot of time before the A's scored again in the 18th. It's actually not the longest game the A's played this season, though. You might recall they played a 19-inning game on April 29, that crept over into April 30. They beat the Angels in that game 10-8.
• Yankee futility: The Yankees fourth-eighth hitters — Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells — were a combined 0-for-28 in the game with three walks. Total, they left 20 men on base.Read More »from The Juice: Oakland A’s end 18-inning marathon with a walk-off single against Mariano Rivera