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Josh Donaldson's homer leads A's over Yankees 5-4

  • Oakland Athletics Josh Donaldson hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of an MLB American League baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York on Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

NEW YORK — Grant Balfour was angry.

He had just given up a broken-bat single to Brett Gardner and thrown a wild pitch to Robinson Cano, moving the potential tying run to second base with two outs in the ninth inning.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin called for an intentional walk.

"I don't make the decisions. He felt that that was the decision to make. That's not really for me to answer on this stuff," the Athletics closer said.

Up came Vernon Wells, 6 for 12 with two homers and two doubles against Balfour in his career.


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