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Yanks sweep Twins out of postseason for second straight year

Oct 10, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

The Yankees just defeated the Twins 6-1 at Yankee Stadium, completing a three-game sweep in the American League Division Series. I probably don’t have to remind you of this fact, but the Twins have now dropped 12 consecutive postseason games — the second longest streak ever — including nine against the Yankees.

Interestingly, each of the Yankees’ previous eight victories against the Twins were of the comeback variety. Tonight, they led from the start. As Aaron mentioned, Brian Duensing was chased from the game in the fourth inning,
allowing five runs on seven hits. Phil Hughes, on the other hand, was
brilliant, limiting the Twins to just four hits — all of them singles
— over seven shutout innings. Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher each went deep for the Bombers.

The Yankees will now play the winner of the Rangers-Rays matchup in the ALCS, which is set to begin next Friday night.

  1. Mike garner - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    I don’t know people didn’t see this happening. So many sports writers, and callers on sports-talk radio, wrote the Yankees off. Because they only won 95 games in the regular season? Flaws and all, they are still a terrific team.

  2. Knight-of-God - Oct 10, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Yankees are just winners. Everyone else sucks. :-)

  3. bh0673 - Oct 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    As good as the Twins are it may have a lot to do witht the fact the American League central is not as tough a division as the AL east or west. With the unbalanced schedual the Twins played the bulk of their games against weaker teams. This is not a knock on the Twins but it does create an expectation that they are equal to those teams that had to slug it out in their divisions. This can also be pointed out in the National League, the Reds are not as good a team as the other 4 teams in the NLDS. Last year there was a lot of fuss about the Cardinals winning the NL Central so early but again look at who they played the bulk of their games against 1 .500 team 1 .400 team and two .300 teams. Bring back the balanced schedual and watch how the AL and NL central’s numbers change in realation to wins loses and averages.

  4. adam - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    So let me get this straight. Game 5, if necessary, of the Rays/Rangers series is on Tuesday so the next series can’t begin until…FRIDAY?

    Let’s see, what could we do to possibly shorten the postseason? What to do, what to do…

  5. Old Gator - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    If I ain’t mistook Gardenhire was beating up on the twins last week for playing lethargic and uninspired baseball in the week following their clinching. He feared they had gotten complacent, and it’s hard to second guess him in hindsight. But look at the bright side: tens of thousands of Twins fans aren’t going to have to freeze their assess off sitting in that icebox in late October.

  6. avg joe - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Is the AL West really much stronger than the AL Central?

  7. Kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Make it 7 games?

  8. JBerardi - Oct 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM

  9. Wings - Oct 10, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    Don’t be so quick to make that icebox comment. It has been over 85 all weekend. Minneapolis saw record highs last week.
    Just figures, in what may be the only year the Twins have gorgeous weather for the postseason in their gorgeous new outdoor park, they bust out a performance so ugly it makes Drew Butera’s mustache look like Carl Pavano’s.

  10. Old Gator - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    85 all weekend? Jeez, I do hope somebody is out there shoveling fresh ice on the mammoth carcasses. Phew if they ain’t.

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