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Hope was diminishing for the Minnesota Twins when the Kansas City Royals rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth inning. The 'Dome was as quiet as I have ever heard a 48,000+ crowd be following the tying run crossing the plate on Nick Punto's decision to take the double play rather than throwing home. All was set following Jon Rauch getting the final out of the eighth inning for a dramatic ending, and that's what exactly happened. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Michael Cuddyer strutted up to the plate and was planning on a pitching change to face a right-handed reliever. That did not happen. Dusty Hughes was left out to dry against Cuddyer and manager Trey Hillman didn't even hesitate. Questionable at the very least, Cuddyer ended up drilling a 2-0 pitch into the ...

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