It goes without saying that the better team won this series. The Yankees hit better with runners in scoring position over the three-game set; their three starters combined for 19 innings, a paltry four runs and fourteen hits allowed withá and twenty-one strikeouts. The defense saved three crucial runs in close gamesùincluding Teixeira's two outstanding defensive plays with the bases loaded in the 11th inning of Game Two. But among all the missed opportunities that caused the Minnesota Twins' ouster, I'd like to take a moment to mention some of the things they did well. In Games Two and Three, Nick Blackburn and Carl Pavano combined to hold the Yankees to three runs on six hits, allowing only eight total baserunners over 12.2 innings pitched. Matt Guerrier, the Twins' setup man, threw sco ...
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