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Ellis, Long help A's win 16-inning battle

NEW YORK (AP) -- This time, Terrence Long had to wait a lot
longer to be congratulated by his teammates for two game-saving

Long made two distinctive relay throws and Mark Ellis hit a
broken-bat RBI single with two outs in the 16th inning Friday night
to give the Athletics a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees in the
longest game in Oakland history.

The center fielder started a perfectly executed relay in the
eighth inning to prevent pinch-runner Enrique Wilson from scoring
the go-ahead run, and the A's eventually won in a game that took
exactly 6 hours.

Since moving from Kansas City to Oakland after the 1967 season,
the A's have played two games that lasted 5 hours, 31 minutes, the
last coming on April 8, 1982, against the California Angels.

The play "was outstanding,'' A's manager Art Howe said.
"That's what it took -- a perfect relay to get him. It was a
bang-bang play.''

On Wednesday at Fenway Park, Long reached into the Boston
bullpen and made a game-ending, backhanded catch that robbed Manny
Ramirez of a three-run homer and preserved Oakland's 3-2 win over
the Red Sox.

"T-Long, I guess, if he's going to beat the Red Sox, he has to
beat us, too,'' said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who marveled at
Long's catch in Boston before the game.

Micah Bowie (2-0), the sixth Oakland pitcher, gave up two hits
in three scoreless innings as the A's moved up in the wild card

Long made another nice relay in the 16th on Jorge Posada's
double to hold Bernie Williams at third. Bowie then struck out
Robin Ventura to end it.

"I don't have words to describe that one,'' Howe said. "The
bullpen: zeros after zeros. The young kid (Bowie) stepping up in
Yankee Stadium, his first time here. I'm exhausted and I was just

Sterling Hitchcock (1-1), the Yankees' seventh pitcher, took the

New York made five errors -- including three in the 13th inning --
for the first time since April 4, 1997, in a win over the Chicago
White Sox.

After being stymied for seven innings by Tim Hudson, New York
tied it at 2 in the eighth after the Oakland starter walked off the
mound with muscle cramps in his legs after throwing his warmup

John Vander Wal doubled off Chad Bradford to lead off the
inning, becoming just the second Yankee to reach second base to
that point. He scored on two successive groundouts.

Ricardo Rincon relieved after Bradford walked Derek Jeter and
walked Jason Giambi. Williams then hit his ball to right-center
that scored Jeter to tie it.

With the crowd of 54,316 boisterously urging on Wilson, Long
threw to shortstop Miguel Tejada, who turned and fired a perfect
one-hop relay to catcher Greg Myers. Myers blocked the plate with
his leg and tagged the sliding Wilson.

"As it developed, I just wanted to get the ball in and get it
in quickly,'' Long said.

About half of the big crowd remained when the game ended at 1:09
a.m. ET.

The A's scored twice in the eighth to go up 2-0, finally getting
to Yankees reliever Jeff Weaver, who came on in the second inning
to replace New York starter Orlando Hernandez, who experienced
numbness in his left leg that forced him to leave after striking
out the side in the first inning.

Torre said Hernandez had trouble sleeping Thursday night, but he
felt all right after warming up early Friday.

"He wanted to go back out there, but when we heard that (the
numbness) we banged him right there,'' Torre said.

Hernandez was taken to the hospital for tests and stayed there overnight. The team will
know more Saturday.

Tejada had an RBI single off Weaver, and the A's added a run
when reliever Mike Stanton made a wild pickoff throw to first
batter he faced.

"You never like coming out of a game when we're losing,'' said
Weaver who went 6 1/3 innings in his second relief appearance since
being bumped to the bullpen after five ineffective starts for he

"I'm happy with what I had to deal with,'' he added. "It's the
first time I had to get ready in that situation.''

Despite their five errors, New York made several stellar
defensive plays of its own.

In the 15th, left fielder Rondell White made a sliding catch on
Eric Chavez's sinking liner with a runner on first. Williams made a
long, over-the-shoulder running catch in right-center with a runner
on second and one out in the 14th.

Game notes
The Yankees placed Nick Johnson on the 15-day disabled list after the game with a bone bruise on his left wrist. Mike Thurman was recalled from Columbus. ... Despite his defensive plays, Long went 0-for-7 at the
plate. "You better be doing something if you're not hitting,''
Howe said. ... Ray Durham has hit safely in 10 of his 11 starts
with the A's. ... Oakland pitchers have allowed just 16 earned runs
in 78 innings in eighth games in August. ... The Yankees fell to
4-5 in extra-inning games. The Athletics improved to 4-4.