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Phillies awoke nearly silent Rodriguez

Getting hit with pitches helped A-Rod emerge from his World Series funk

Originally Published: November 1, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Johnny Damon's mad dash to third base, Cole Hamels' meltdown and Charlie Manuel's decision not to overextend Cliff Lee might all go down as turning points in the 2009 World Series. But if you're looking for a pivotal below-the-radar moment, it might have come early in Game 3 on Saturday, when a stray Hamels fastball plunked Alex Rodriguez in the upper arm.

Before that plate appearance, Rodriguez was 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in the Series. He was squeezing the bat, swinging ...

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