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Game 1 October 8, 2002
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W: Mays (1-1, 4.63)   L: Appier (0-1, 4.50)   S: Guardado (0-0, 9.00)
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Mays masterful in Twins win

By Doug Miller /

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In a place so deafening, the last thing the Angels expected was silence. But that's what happened to the bats that made record-setting noise in Anaheim's previous series.

On Tuesday night, Minnesota Twins right-hander Joe Mays spun a gem, limiting the Angels to one unearned run on four singles. The result was a 2-1 loss to the Twins in Game 1 of the ALCS before 55,562 in the Metrodome.

Despite five solid, blue-collar innings by Angels right-hander Kevin Appier, Mays was the man Tuesday. He cruised through eight economical innings, needing only 98 pitches. Five of his innings were 1-2-3 affairs. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

"Obviously, when you're not getting any leadoff guys on in an inning, it makes it tough," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He pitched a terrific game. That's one of the best games we had pitched against us all year."

It was a sharp contrast to the Angels team that pounded out 31 runs on 54 hits while batting .376 in four games against the Yankees.

In that series, Anaheim executed every Angelic quality that has gotten them this far. They hit-and-ran, they fouled off countless two-strike pitches, they got ahead in counts and they pelted pitchers' mistakes.

On Tuesday, they couldn't take advantage of bad pitches made by Mays. There simply weren't enough of them. More >

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By Mark Sheldon /

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mays' reality apparently is better than any dream he could come muster. The Twins starter rebounded nicely from a poor ALDS outing in Oakland and stifled the Angels, 2-1, in Tuesday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series before a vivacious crowd of 55,562 at the Metrodome.

Mays (1-1) worked a sensational eight-inning performance and gave up one unearned run on four hits without a walk. He said he did not imagine the kind of outing he had against Anaheim.

"Not even close. Not this good," Mays said. "This was probably the best I've felt in my career."

The right-hander showed none of the nervousness that helped doom him for six runs over 3 2/3 in an ALDS Game 2 loss last week against Oakland. Mays had full control of his emotions, his tough sinker, and a strong curveball.

"I just allowed myself to relax," Mays said. "I like to say that I took my head off and left my brain up here in my locker and let (catcher A.J. Pierzynski) put some fingers down. I was able to execute my pitches and that's what made the biggest difference."

Mays was able to establish the strike zone early and stay ahead of an Angels lineup that pummeled the Yankees with a .376 team average in their ALDS series. Even though Mays couldn't conjure up this type of start in his head, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire could. "That's what we envision with Joe Mays right there," Gardenhire said. More >

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Minnesota Twins 2, Anaheim Angels 1
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a-Struck out for Molina, B in the 8th.
1-Ran for Salmon in the 9th.
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GIDP: Salmon.
Team LOB: 4.
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a-Flied out for Ortiz in the 8th.
2B: Hunter (1, Appier), Koskie (1, Appier).
RBI: Pierzynski (1), Koskie (1).
S: Hunter.
SF: Pierzynski.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierzynski, Hunter 2.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Guzman (1, fielding).
DP: (Guzman-Rivas-Mientkiewicz).
Appier (L, 0-1) 5.05223203.60
Donnelly 1.20000200.00
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Weber 0.20000200.00
Mays (W, 1-0) 8.04100300.00
Guardado (S, 1) 1.00001200.00
WP: Appier.
HBP: Guzman (by Donnelly).
Pitches-strikes: Appier 95-51, Donnelly 18-12, Schoeneweis 8-5, Weber 9-6, Mays 99-68, Guardado 23-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Appier 3-10, Donnelly 1-2, Schoeneweis 0-2, Weber 0-0, Mays 13-8, Guardado 0-1.
Batters faced: Appier 23, Donnelly 6, Schoeneweis 2, Weber 2, Mays 28, Guardado 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Schoeneweis 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ed Montague. 1B: Mike Everitt. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Larry Young. LF: Dana DeMuth. RF: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:58.
Att: 55,562.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner 

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