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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Twins Deathwatch At The Metrodome: Yankees 4, Twins 1

Bottom 8th: With the Yanks up 2-1 thanks to a two-run seventh against former teammate Carl Pavano (a pair of solo homers to A-Rod and Jorge Posada), Denard Span sends a high bouncing chopper up the middle. Nick Punto, on second following a leadoff double, reaches third but foolishly tries to score, as Jeter gets the ball and throws home, getting Punto in a rundown and nailing him 6-2-5 at third. A horrible, ugly baserunning gaffe costs the Twins what is probably their best, last hope for winning this game.

Reliever Phil Hughes gets Orlando Cabrera to fly out to center, and Joe Girardi calls on Mariano Rivera to finish the game's final four outs, facing Joe Mauer with a man on first. Mauer shatters his bat and taps out meekly to first to end the inning.

Top 9th: Good lord. The Twins walk the bases loaded with one out, as neither Jon Rauch nor Jose Mijares can find the plate facing A-Rod or Hideki Matsui. Joe Nathan sends a 0-1 fastball to Posada, and he welts it into the outfield for an RBI single, making it 3-1 Yankees. This game is suddenly getting mighty sad for the Twins, who have three outs against Rivera to make some noise. The crowd certainly isn't into what is almost certainly going to be the final major league baseball game played at the Metrodome.

With the Twins' defense playing deep, Robinson Cano fists one to shallow right center. Jason Kubel makes a valiant but ultimately futile dive for the ball, but the ball just caroms off his glove, and the Yanks cash in yet another run. 4-1 Yanks, and I'm heading off to TNT for the start of the Phils/Rocks game, where I understand the Phillies have already drawn first blood.

Bottom 9th: The Twins' Michael Cuddyer singles to lead off the inning, but Rivera gets Jason Kubel to strike out looking, and Delmon Young to strike out swinging. Brendan Harris bounces out to Derek Jeter to end the game, the final play at the Metrodome.

The Angels start against the Yankees in New York on Friday.

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Comments:
ALCS starts Friday, its been scheduled that way plenty back.
 
You're the second person to mention this, but MLB.com's schedule page doesn't show it.
 

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