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Finally, A Little Extra from Rollins

Jimmy Rollins has struggled in extra innings in recent seasons.

Finally, A Little Extra from Rollins

Jimmy Rollins celebrates teammates after his game-winning hit. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
Jimmy Rollins celebrates teammates after his game-winning hit. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

When he stepped to the plate in the 12th inning Sunday, Jimmy Rollins was hitting .111 (5-for-45) in extra-inning appearances since Aug. 24, 2008. Before then, he had been an extra-inning monster (.386, .473 OBA, .659 slg.).

His career extra-inning numbers before and after that point:

  Through
   8/23/08
Since
   8/24/08
Games 80 41
Batting Avg. .386 .130
   H-AB 34-88 6-46
On-Base Pct. .473 .245
   Walks 16 7
   Strikeouts 9 6
Slugging Pct.  .659 .152
   Doubles 11 1
   Triples 2 0
   Home Runs 3 0
   Total Bases      58 7
Runs 13 6
RBI 11 2
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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