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Girardi wins battle of managerial wits

From pitching changes to baserunning decisions, Manuel's Game 2 moves backfire

Originally Published: October 29, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Players make the difference in late October. In the World Series opener, the storyline revolved around Cliff Lee's masterful pitching and Chase Utley's power. In Game 2, A.J. Burnett performed like an $82.5 million guy and Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui provided the offense with solo home runs.

But when the stakes are high and time is short, lineup decisions, bullpen machinations and late-inning strategy become magnified out of proportion. Welcome to the trick-or-treat ...

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