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Season series: Yanks vs. Twins10/04/2004 12:59 AM ET
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Twins didn't get a look at each other until mid-August, when New York carried a 13-game regular-season winning streak to Minnesota.
But the Twins snapped it in a hurry, winning the first two games of the series at the Metrodome in convincing fashion. New York pulled out a dramatic win to salvage the series finale, defeating Twins closer Joe Nathan.
When the two teams met up again in the Bronx, the Yankees swept all three games, though the Twins were resting several regulars and limiting their starting pitchers to five innings, as they had already locked up the AL Central title.
Aug. 17, Metrodome
Brad Radke tossed seven solid innings to help the Twins snap their 13-game regular-season losing streak against the Yankees. Corey Koskie and Justin Morneau each homered against Javier Vazquez, who was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Aug. 18, Metrodome
Johan Santana took a shutout into the eighth inning, while Mike Mussina was hit hard in his first start back after missing more than a month on the disabled list. Shannon Stewart and Jacque Jones went deep in the game, while Santana helped snap Derek Jeter's 17-game hitting streak.
Aug. 19, Metrodome
Joe Nathan, who had gone 28 outings and 29 innings without allowing a run, needed just three outs to secure a three-game sweep of the Yankees. Stewart's two-run triple in the eighth capped a huge comeback for the Twins, who were down 9-3 at the seventh-inning stretch. But Nathan couldn't hold the lead, as Gary Sheffield hit his second homer to tie the game, while Hideki Matsui singled in the game-winner.
Sept. 29, Yankee Stadium
Santana held the Yankees to one run over five innings, but the Twins held to their plan of removing him after five. New York battled back against the Twins' bullpen, scoring four times in the eighth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit. Matsui's solo home run tied the game and Alex Rodriguez's RBI triple plated the winning run to take the first game of the doubleheader.
Sept. 29, Yankee Stadium
Jon Lieber won his 100th career game and Mariano Rivera notched his 53rd save of the year, as the Yankees swept the doubleheader. A-Rod and Matsui did the damage again in the nightcap, as both players homered in the victory.
Sept. 30, Yankee Stadium
The Yankees clinched their seventh consecutive AL East crown by completing the three-game sweep, as Bernie Williams hit a walkoff two-run homer to lift New York to the win. Radke made his final regular-season start, allowing two runs in five innings.
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