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Thursday Headlines: Yankees Ruin Everything Again


Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire (R) comes to the mound to pull starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) as first baseman Michael Cuddyer (L) and catcher Joe Mauer look on during the sixth inning of Game 1 of their MLB American League Divison Series baseball playoff against the New York Yankees in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Andy King (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)



Things were looking good for the Twins last night through the fifth inning. Too bad there wasn't any rain, as everything fell apart in the sixth.

Liriano allowed four runs, giving New York its first lead, and right after the Twins tied the score against Sabathia, the Yankees struck again.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer off Jesse Crain in the seventh, and the Yankees' bullpen held on for a 6-4 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-five American League Division Series.


The Twins are back at it tonight, hopefully with a better result, as neither Twins fans nor us can take another loss. Lest you think it our fault the Twins haven't won a game since the beginning of our fair-weather fandom, it goes back farther than that.

It was the Twins' 10th consecutive postseason loss, and their ninth in a row at home.

"I think our guys are fine," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Disappointed right now. Had a ballgame and it got away from us."

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Last year, the Twins led all three games in the Division Series -- twice in the sixth inning or later -- and still got swept.




In other news, Roy Halladay made playoff history yesterday.

Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history and the first since Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series. He thwarted the Cincinnati Reds, the top-scoring team in the National League this season, in a 4-0 victory in Game 1 of their division playoff series.

Halladay allowed one base runner, on a walk to Jay Bruce with two out in the fifth inning, and few hard-hit balls. He struck out eight, with exceptional command of his two-seam fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup.


And the Rangers followed Cliff Lee to victory over the Rays.

Texas beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in Game 1 of the American League division series, thanks largely to Lee's customary mix of 90-mile-per-hour fastballs and pinpoint accuracy. He allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked none.


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Doc said:

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Good job, LOHO!

gravedigger said:

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lmao...

this reminds me of a part of the season when the cubs went on a long losing streak, and i kind of didn't want it to end, just to see how bad it could really get. i seriously think, with our collective luck, we could go 0 for the playoffs, if we keep picking new teams when ours gets eliminated.

sloan peterson said:

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Don't blame me- my stupid Dell computer was down all night,so I could not jinx the Twins. Having said that,I couldn't help but smile when all of a sudden, the Yankees woke up and realized they were the Yankees. Also,maybe the fans in the ballpark shouldn't chant "Yankees suck,Yankees suck" until they actually win the game. I blame the ballpark fans for the jinx.....

berselius said:

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It's a way of life

flyball said:

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losing is easier when you become good at it

Teebob2000 said:

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OK, not too late to go with the runners-up in the voting!! Don't say I didn't warn y'all!!

**secretly still rooting for the Rangers**

FTY

Doc said:

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Phillies...

I told you...Phillies. No hitter. Phillies. But, noooooo! No one every listens to Doc...nope.

Teebob2000 said:

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Who's this 'Doc' character you speak of?

Doc said:

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Doc is, who many people consider, the smartest person in the world.

:)

JulieDiCaro said:

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"many people" who live in mental wards.

Doc said:

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yes...so?

HackWilson09 said:

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You're asking Cubs fans to choose a winner...

Doc said:

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Silly me.

HackWilson09 said:

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Kerry puts two guys on. Can't say he pitched bad -- missed by two inches on ball four, and then gave up a weak infield hit. But the less he impresses Yankees fans in the playoffs, the better the chance he comes back to us on day...

It looks like Kerry's 2011 option vested -- so the Yankees own him next year at $11 million. Does anybody have conflicting info on this?

Doc said:

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I don't believe his option vested...

He needed to finish 55 games in either 2009 or 2010...he didn't achieve that in either year. The contract was made assuming Wood would be the closer, which he was for the Indians, but was hurt too often. With the Yanks, they had some no-name called Rivera closing.

But that being said, I think there is a decent chance the Yankees to pick up that club option. The biggest issue...do they want to pay $11 million for a setup man?

JulieDiCaro said:

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The funniest part of last night was the Yankees fans being SHOCKED when Kerry started loading up the bases. "Kerry! What are you doing?" "What's happening to you, Kerry?!?!?"

Heeeeeee. That's just what he does.

Doc said:

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why does every closer we've ever had have to do that?

Marmol, Wood, Dempster, Ole-6 fingers, Rod Beck...all the way back to Mitch Williams.

Lee Smith was the only one I remember (too young to remember Bruce Sutter in a Cubs uniform) that didn't have a significant amount of drama.

I want a boring closer.

HackWilson09 said:

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nice of you to call El Pulpo a closer. He didn't just load the bases, he reloaded their dugout after people touched home.

Are you sure about the "finish" part of 55 appearances? Because Kerry had 58 appearances last year. If they were supposed to be game-ending appearances, then there is no club option for the Yanks if Kerry wants to leave.

Doc said:

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I'm almost positive it was 55 GF...and if that doesn't vest, the final year becomes a team option.

Dmband said:

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Not sure if you guys saw the lead story on ESPNW

"Neil Goldberg, a senior producer at ESPN, was arrested in Farmington, Conn. after he was caught masturbating while watching his female neighbor getting dressed through her window, according to police.

Police said the 52-year-old admitted to peering through her window and pleasuring himself, Courant.com reports. He was charged with public indecency, simple trespass, disorderly conduct and breach of peace. "

Doc said:

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Yep...wonderful to have these people running a network aimed toward women. That'll work.

Teebob2000 said:

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Sounds like a Jewish fellow! Paging Mel Gibson and Rick "Dirty" Sanchez!

HackWilson09 said:

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"Officer, that man was breaching my peace!"

Teebob2000 said:

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BTW - kudos to Pat (I assume?) for working the McCrary twins into a banner (tight fit, well done!). Didn't notice them yesterday.

Doc said:

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Oh...I thought that was Carlos Silva and Prince Fielder.

JulieDiCaro said:

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they were my idea, jerk.

Teebob2000 said:

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That was unnecessary.

gravedigger said:

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oh! they're twins! god i feel stupid.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Cutler to sit on Sunday. Todd Collins to start.

Winning was fun while it lasted.

Doc said:

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I'm not sure why everyone got so excited about the bears...

You know what their record was after 4 games last year?

3-1

How did that work out?

Yeah...exactly.

The Bears suck. Plain and simple.

JulieDiCaro said:

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plamorte said:

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Doc said:

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no I won't leave a comment...don't tell me what to do.

gravedigger said:

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Leave a comment...

sloan peterson said:

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The man can't tell me what to do...

Doc said:

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Leave a condiment...

ELRaythar said:

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Doc said:

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ok...someone needs to explain this to me...

The warning track in foul territory at Tropicana Field is only painted to look like dirt and not actual dirt. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a warning track? The reason it is supposed to be dirt or crushed stone is so the fielder can feel, through his shoes, that he is not on grass any more and getting near the wall.

Am I missing something here?

Stupid Florida...they just don't get baseball at all. Just get rid of those two florida teams now.

flyball said:

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they get college baseball though, evidently it just doesn't translate

sloan peterson said:

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Maybe the color of real dirt will clash with the other colors in the ballpark, and the park won't look as cool on tv.....

Doc said:

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The Rays are disappointing their 5 fans...

Down 5-0 now to the Rangers.

sloan peterson said:

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maybe Maddon needs to share his One-a-day vitamins with the rest of the team....

JulieDiCaro said:

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Rangers again?

Blah.

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