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Teams across the majors pushed to extra innings

Friday - 6/14/2013, 7:41pm  ET

New York Yankees relief pitcher Preston Claiborne walks off the field after being taken out in the18th inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. Oakland won 3-2 in 18 innnigs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Reddick rushed out of the ballpark, more eager than ever to get home from yet another extra-long work day.

Extra innings, that is. And a lot of them.

Who could blame Reddick for his swift departure? He had played the equivalent of a day-night doubleheader, minus the break in between. Oakland teammate Brandon Moss followed closely behind en route to the Coliseum exit Thursday night after a 3-2 victory in 18 innings over the New York Yankees that gave the A's a hard-earned series sweep.

Clubs across the major leagues have been going the distance this year in some memorable, downright exhausting performances from coast to coast.

There were three extra-innings games Thursday alone -- each lasting at least 13 innings -- to bring the season total to 110.

"Is a lunar eclipse coming?" Reddick quipped. "I have no idea. Probably more of a coincidence than anything. That's how the game goes sometimes."

The topic of extra innings has been trending on Twitter, often with the hash tag freebaseball. Yes, many fans are getting far more baseball bang for their buck, despite being drowsy at work the next day.

The Marlins and Mets played for 20 innings -- and 6 hours, 25 minutes -- last Saturday in New York, the same day the Blue Jays needed nearly 5
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