Minneapolis is a modern Mudville tonight. Gloom hangs like the first snow snow clouds of a bitter upper-midwesternáautumnáover shell-shocked Twins fans. A mere three outs from stealing the New York Yankees' home-field advantage in their American League Division Series, and holding a seemingly comfortable two-run lead as closer Joe Nathan entered to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, Minnesota blew its golden opportunity. A Mark Teixeira single, followed by a game-tying two-run opposite-field home run by Alex Rodriguez, sent the game to extra innings. In the eleventh, the Twins loaded the bases with nobody outùthen promptly recorded three consecutive outs, without scoring. Teixeira mashed a Jose Mijares offering into the left-field seats in the bottom half of the frame, and the Twins ...
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