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Jeff Mathis reacts after his double scored Howie Kendrick all the way from first for the winning run, giving the Angels life in their series against the Yankees. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) In the bottom of the 10th inning of Game Two of the American League Championship Series, Anaheim Angels backup catcher Jeff Mathis clocked a ringing leadoff double into the left-field gap against New York Yankees reliever Phil Hughes. After the double, Fox announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver implored the Angels to pinch-run the faster Reggie Wilits for Mathis. It seemed like a good decision, as the Angels carry a third catcher, Bobby Wilson, on their roster. But manager Mike Scioscia stuck with Mathis. Erick Aybar, trying to bunt him over to third, did so, and reached himself after Yankees closer M ...

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