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Cudd-iary: ALDS Game 1
10/06/2004 1:24 AM ET
The Twins' Michael Cuddyer is no stranger to starting playoff games, but he made his first postseason start at second base in Tuesday's 2-0 ALDS Game 1 victory over the Yankees. Cuddyer was 2-for-3 and scored Minnesota's first run in the third inning.

Continuing his exclusive diary for, Cuddyer discussed the game and how the Twins feel heading into Wednesday's Game 2.

NEW YORK -- It was exciting. Any time Johan needed a pitch to get a guy out, he was able to throw it and get a double play. The thing that will get overlooked is the way Cristian Guzman played out there today. He made every play, and those weren't easy to start the double plays.

It was kind of funny. After they took me out of the game, I was more nervous in the dugout or in the clubhouse watching than I was out on the field. Out on the field was easy. In here, I'm walking and rocking in my chair. You can't breathe with that lineup, one through nine. The one guy you think you can breath with, Miguel Cairo, and he hit a double in the gap. You can't let up against these guys. No lead is ever safe.

This is what you play for, to help your team win. In the postseason, you just go out there and do what you can to win. We showed it out there. We were able to get a guy on first base, bunt me over and score a run.

Johan pitched scoreless against the best hitting lineup in baseball. He went out there and battled. That's the mark of a good pitcher, and a superstar. Maybe he didn't have his best stuff, control wise, but he still went out there and battled and threw the pitch when he needed it. That's why he should be a Cy Young Award winner.

Compared to last year being up, 1-0, just remembering what happened last year will help us out a lot. Knowing we were feeling good about ourselves last year and they came and took it to us the next three games. We've got that feeling. We'll go out Wednesday with the same intensity level and try to take to them.

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