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Starting Nine: Extra innings? How 'bout an extra game?

Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today.

1. The Yankees and Athletics needed a few more innings to decide their matchup on Thursday, pushing the game all the way to the 18th. With the bases loaded, Nate Freiman singled on a soft liner to left (off Mariano Rivera, no less), and Oakland was very, very happy to see it:

2. And those extra nine innings weren't without their own drama. In the bottom of the 15th, Vernon Wells saw Brandon Moss trying to score from second on a Coco Crisp single and he taught him not to try that again:

3. That wasn't the only extra inning walk off of the day -- the Red Sox and Orioles went 13 innings before Chris Davis brought Nick Markakis home for the win.

4. What's nice about Ed Lucas is that he doesn't just drop his bat after he gets a hit -- he politely balances it on its end and then proceeds to first base like a gentleman. No really, look at this photo:

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5. Chris Archer went through the entire landscape of human emotion during two at-bats. Needless to say, it was a little intense:

6. Molly Fitzpatrick previewed the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, and you can just feel the tension throughout. It's almost like the two teams are bitter rivals off the baseball field or something ...

7. Australia is hosting the 2014 series opener, and in celebration of that fact, we looked at one of Australia's greatest icons -- the kangaroo:

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8. Is there a reason Elvis Andrus doesn't have his own TV show? Check out this incredibly moving and investigative interview he conducted with Rangers reporter Emily Jones. He's the next Charlie Rose -- you heard it here first.

9. The Heat bounced back from Tuesday's embarrasing loss with dominant performances from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Here's the entire game reduced down to one GIF:

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-- Cut4 Staff