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Joe Girardi’s ‘toughest’ Yankees call led to Raul Ibanez’s historic ALDS performance

In the Yankee Stadium tunnel that connects the home dugout and clubhouse, Joe Girardi pointed at Raul Ibanez, riding a stationary bike, and issued a simple command: “You’re hitting second.” “Second?” Ibanez thought, his mind racing. “Who’s hitting second? Is it Ichiro? Why would I hit for Ichiro?” Unable to do the math by himself,…