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ALDS Game 3: Twins at Yankees

Oct 10, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

Photo courtesy New York Yankees
The Twins must win or be eliminated tonight at Yankee Stadium.

All that worry about the Yankees' thin rotation and the problem of having to start all three starters on short rest? It can be a moot point if the Bronx Bombers can finish off the Twins tonight and sweep this ALDS.

Phil Hughes takes the mound as New York's Game 3 starter, facing a Minnesota club that simply has to feel like it can't do anything to beat its nemesis. Even if the Twins take a lead, the doubts will still be in the back of their minds, because they've lost eight straight postseason games to the Yankees, blowing a lead every single time.

Quite the dilemma for Minnesota's players, who not only need to overcome their demons to win tonight's game, but then would need to do it twice more to win the series. Left-hander Brian Duensing, who was very good this season going 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA as both a starter and reliever, gets the ball in this do-or-die game for the Twins…

Where: Yankee Stadium
Gametime: 8:37 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Clear, 59 degrees

CF Denard Span
2B Orlando Hudson
C Joe Mauer
RF Jason Kubel

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  1. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 10, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Game started on TNT. Phil Hughes sets 'em down in order in the top of the 1st.

  2. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Duensing had better figure something out quick – two runs in three innings, none of the hits were cheap and even most of the outs have been blistered.John C.

  3. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 10, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    As the Braves proved last night, a four-run lead doesn't have to spell 'finis' to the opposing team. OTOH, as I was typing this, the Twins' Gold Glove catcher made an egregious throwing error, and a sac fly made it 5-0. Are the wheels coming off yet?

  4. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Hey Michael – do you listen to the TBS announcers? They've been so terrible I just listen to WCBS on the internet through the MLB site.John C.

  5. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 10, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    John, I'll probably cue up Mr. Sterling and Ms. Waldman 'long about the 7th inning. As bad as the TBS guys are, Suzyn Waldman sets my teeth on edge. (Oh, how I miss Rizzuto, White and Messer!)

  6. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    The umpire is trying to make this interesting – Thome K'd pretty obviously, even the TBS announcers had to see it. Hughes is really getting squeezed this inning.John C.

  7. Anonymous - Oct 10, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Is Kubel available for next year? Swinging at first pitches like that with the bases loaded would really fit right in there with Riggleman's style.

  8. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 10, 2010 at 3:55 AM

    Yesssss!!!!! One down, two to go!Sorry, BQ.LET'S GO YANKEES!!!

  9. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Well, at least they didn't blow the lead. Heh.As for the outcome, yawn…





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