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Division Series
American League:
Twins-Yankees, Gm 4
Red Sox-Angels, Gm 3
National League:
Dodgers-Cards, Gm 4
Astros-Braves, Gm 5

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10/9, GAME 4:  Yankees 6, Twins 5  Wrap >
Bauman: Yanks pull it off again
By Mike Bauman  10/9/2004
It was one of those rare postseason games when you could clearly see how things were set up against the New York Yankees. But the Yankees apparently could not see it this same way. Full story >
Bauman: Lapse cost Twins game  Minnesota unable to close the deal on Yankees
Game balls: Rating Game 4  Sierra, A-Rod come through to advance Yankees
 Baseball Daily News / Twins
Twins ousted from ALDS  Eliminated after battling Yankees in extra innings
Santana gave Twins best chance  Allowed one run, struck out seven in five innings
Rincon tips his hat to Yankees  Twins stand behind their reliever after Game 4 loss
Cudd-iary: ALDS Game 4  'We had a chance a couple of times'
Twins short hops -- Game 4  A look at the trends of this ALDS
Notes: Ford in left field for Game 4  Stewart still leading off as designated hitter
Ron Gardenhire, postgame quotes  Minnesota's postseason comes to an end
Ron Gardenhire pregame quotes  Twins manager wants team to relax for Game 4
 Baseball Daily News / Yankees
Yanks come back, finish off Twins  Bombers rally to win ALDS, move on to LCS against Sox
A-Rod manufactures a huge run  Scores game-winner after double, SB, wild pitch
Sierra saves the day for Yanks  First hit of series for veteran proves to be biggest
Q&A with Gary Sheffield: Game 4  Sheff talks about A-Rod, Saturday's comeback and more
Yankees set for ALCS sequel  Meet archrival Red Sox for second straight year
Yankees' rotation ready for ALCS  Experience, strong performance vs. Twins help out
Press Row: Yankees find a way  Time and again, Bombers prove it ain't over 'til it's over
Facts machine  Yankees' mystique a postseason constant
Yankees short hops  Bombers put Twins away with clutch hitting
Torre not worried over pen's woes  Skipper confident in relief corps despite ALDS troubles
Notes: El Duque still a no-go  Hernandez unlikely to pitch in Game 4 or 5
Alex Rodriguez, postgame quotes  A-Rod comments on his contributions in the post
Joe Torre, postgame quotes  Manager sizes up series with Minnesota
Joe Torre pregame quotes  Yankees manager says experience is the key

10/8, GAME 3:  Yankees 8, Twins 4  Wrap >
Brown redeems himself with gem
By Mike Bauman  10/9/2004
Kevin Brown is the hand-breaker and the big-game winner in this saga. Full story >
Press Row: Bring on the Red Sox?  Yankees take 2-1 advantage over Twins
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Jeter, Williams postseason stars once again
Twins give last shot their best shot  Ace to start Game 4 on verge of elimination
 Baseball Daily News / Twins
Home not so sweet for Twins  Silva gives up six runs in five innings for the loss
Aggressive Twins have no regrets  Baserunning and defense problematic in Game 3
Cudd-iary: ALDS Game 3  Twins have been here before
Twins short hops -- Game 3  A look at the trends of this ALDS
Dominant Santana gets start  Ace not concerned about pitching on three days' rest
Notes: Cuddyer starts at second  Jones returns from California for Game 3
Fans come out for breakfast rally  More than 1,000 take part in event outside Metrodome
Ron Gardenhire postgame quotes  Twins manager on baserunning, ninth-inning rally
Ron Gardenhire pregame quotes  Twins manager not worried about Santana
Johan Santana pregame quotes  Game 1 winner ready to go on three days' rest
 Baseball Daily News / Yankees
Brown, bats lift Yanks in Game 3  Yankees unload on Twins for eight runs, 14 hits
Brown pays back teammates  Six-inning, one-run performance makes amends
Q&A with Gary Sheffield: Game 3  Sheff talks about Friday's win, getting to Silva, Santana
Yankees short hops  Bombers on brink of date with Red Sox
Facts machine  Yankees' bullpen on shaky ground in ALDS
Vazquez to make Game 4 start  Right-hander gets call over El Duque on Saturday
Notes: Duque available from pen?  Hernandez as reliever could be option for Torre
Kevin Brown postgame quotes  Yankees pitcher on his health, strong Game 3 start
Joe Torre postgame quotes  Yankees manager talks discusses his pitching
Joe Torre pregame quotes  Yankees manager discusses how his rotation was set
Javier Vazquez pregame quotes  Game 4 starter happy for chance to pitch in the playoffs

10/7, OFF-DAY
Game 2 adds aura to A-Rod
By Mike Bauman  10/8/2004
It took a little time, as manager Joe Torre said, but here was the kind of defining moment that the marriage of the Yankees franchise and the Alex Rodriguez greatness was supposed to provide. Better delayed than denied. And really worth the wait. Full story >
Twins to make noise in Game 3  Minnesota not going quietly in ALDS
Joe Torre workout quotes  Yankees manager discusses the 2004 playoffs
Derek Jeter workout quotes  The Yankees' captain discusses the 2004 playoffs
Ron Gardenhire workout quotes  Twins manager proud of his team following Game 2
Michael Cuddyer workout quotes  Infielder, Twins will try to shake off tough Game 2 loss
 Baseball Daily News / Twins
Silva gets nod in ALDS Game 3  Starter has heated up toward end of season
The day after: Joe Nathan  Closer not discouraged after 12th-inning loss
Notes: Mauer a possibility for ALCS  Club skips workout; Santana works in bullpen session
Twins' young guns impress  Ford, Cuddyer, Morneau and others fuel Minnesota
 Baseball Daily News / Yankees
Jeter, a new Mr. October in town  Always delivers, finds a way to win
Brown to get ball for Game 3  Overcoming setbacks, righty tries to put past behind him
Yanks undecided on Game 4 starter  Nothing official yet, but Vazquez looks likely to get ball
Notes: Lofton to start in Game 3  Williams to move to DH; Sturtze may be available

10/6, GAME 2:  Yankees 7, Twins 6  Wrap >
Yanks ride roller coaster to win
By Mike Bauman  10/7/2004
The New York Yankees looked defeat, disappointment, and an 0-2 Division Series deficit in the eyes Wednesday. They opted for better things. Full story >
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Comeback kids do it again, even the score
Twins to make noise in Game 3  Minnesota not going quietly in ALDS
 Baseball Daily News / Twins
Twins lose the battle in equalizer  Bullpen falters in 12th inning, series tied
Twins pen springs a leak  Nathan wears thin after 2 1/3 innings in relief
Cudd-iary: ALDS Game 2  Loss was emotional roller coaster ride
Twins short hops -- Game 2  An in-depth look at the trends of the ALDS
Silva gets nod in ALDS Game 3  Starter has heated up toward end of season
Notes: Santana likely for Game 4  Rivas' elbow worsens; Mauer close to hitting
Twins host 'Breakfast at the Plaza'  Event kicks off Minnesota's postseason home opener
Ron Gardenhire, postgame quotes  Manager addresses Game 2 extra-inning loss
Carlos Silva, pregame quotes  First-year starter meets with media before Game 2
Ron Gardenhire, pregame quotes  Twins skipper discusses pitching prior to Game 2
Press Row: Twins in driver's seat  Yankees unable to beat a less-than-sharp Santana
 Baseball Daily News / Yankees
Comeback kids do it again  Twelfth-inning rally wins game, ties ALDS at 1
A-Rod breaks out big in Game 2  Third baseman collects four hits, HR, three RBIs
Q&A with Gary Sheffield: Game 2  Right fielder talks about big win, A-Rod, Jeter
Press Row: A-Rod earns his stripes  
Yankees short hops  Bombers rally three times to even up ALDS at 1
Brown to get ball for Game 3  Overcoming setbacks, righty tries to put past behind him
Notes: El Duque making progress  Hernandez takes positive step toward Game 4 start
Alex Rodriguez, postgame quotes  A-Rod discusses being a Yankee in the postseason
Joe Torre, postgame quotes  Skipper comments on Game 2 victory, A-Rod heroics
Kevin Brown, pregame quotes  Game 3 starter talks about preparation for Friday
Joe Torre, Game 2 pregame quotes  Manager meets with media prior to game

10/5, GAME 1:  Twins 2, Yankees 0  Wrap >
Twins defend with the best of 'em
By Mike Bauman  10/5/2004
Defense was the theme Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Twins' American League Division Series against the Yankees, as Minnesota turned five double plays and made highlight-reel catches in the win. Full story >
Game balls: Rating Game 1  Santana, Hunter lead the way for Twins
Lieber set to lead Yanks in Game 2  Right-hander ready to go in must-win game vs. Twins
Politicians make friendly wager  Representatives place their bets on Twins vs. Yankees
Fall in NY? Time for the playoffs  Yankee Stadium set for Twins-Bombers matchup
 Baseball Daily News / Twins
Twins blank Yanks in opener  Santana shuts down New York; Jones goes yard
Jones sends a message skyward  Right fielder homers in wake of father's death
Twins short hops -- Game 1  Minnesota had record-breaking opener
Cudd-iary: ALDS Game 1  Twins' second baseman reflects
Twins set double play record  Minnesota turns postseason-high five twin killings
Facts machine  Most double plays turned, postseason game
Twins to start Radke in Game 2  Minnesota's No. 2 starter is used to low run support
Notes: Jones in starting lineup  Kubel may start Game 2 against Lieber
Jones, Santana postgame quotes  Stars of Game 1 talk to the media
Ron Gardenhire pregame quotes  Manager talks about Game 1 prior to the opener
Ron Gardenhire postgame quotes  Twins skipper discusses Game 1 win
Brad Radke pregame quotes  Game 2 starter spoke with media on Tuesday
 Baseball Daily News / Yankees
Yanks baffled by Santana  Five double plays negate nine hits in Game 1 loss
Moose good, but Santana better  Mussina tough-luck loser in Game 1
Yankees short hops  Bombers have work to do after Game 1
Q&A with Gary Sheffield  Yankees RF talks about first playoff game in pinstripes
Yanks in double trouble in Game 1  Bombers set postseason record hitting into five DPs
Lieber to get ball in Game 2  Hard work after Tommy John surgery pays off
Jeter plays 100th postseason game  Shortstop only third player to reach mark
Notes: No answer on Game 3 starter  Torre, Stottlemyre yet to decide rotation beyond Game 2
Sheffield unknowingly used steroid  Yankees slugger was unaware balm was illegal
Joe Torre postgame quotes  Yanks manager talks about Game 1 loss
Joe Torre pregame quotes  Manager answers questions prior to opener
Jon Lieber pregame quotes  Game 2 starter spoke with the media before Game 1

Twins shrug off 'David vs. Goliath'
By Mike Bauman  10/4/2004
The David and Goliath storyline is not holding up for Game 1 of this American League Division Series. It is difficult to be David, the consummate underdog, when your starting pitcher is Johan Santana. Full story >
Preview: Game 1, Twins at Yankees  Santana and Mussina to face off in rematch
Twins vs. Yanks like night vs. day  ALDS foes in opposite sides of spectrum
Pitching: Twins vs. Yankees  A closer look at the postseason hurlers
Position matchups: Twins vs. Yanks  A comparison going around the diamond
Yankees-Twins ALDS probables  Veteran matchup set for Game 3
ALDS forecast: Twins vs. Yankees  An in-depth look at the first-round matchup
Season series: Yanks vs. Twins  Twins snap lengthy losing streak with Yanks
 Baseball Daily News / Twins
Santana set to continue dominance  Cy Young Award candidate to start Game 1
Rivas out, Jones not certain  Twins' Game 1 lineup not yet decided
Notes: Fresh start for Romero?  Struggling reliever gets a clean slate in playoffs
Cudd-iary: Welcome to New York  Twins begin their postseason at Yankee Stadium
Blanco is Twins' unsung hero  Backup catcher sees a lot of action in '04
Twins hope to hoist trophy  Minnesota not satisfied with third straight division title
Twins monthly recap  Team takes off in April and July
Twins facts and figures  Minnesota wins 90 or more games for third straight year
How the Twins were built  GM builds core of young, talented team
Twins eager to face Yankees  Team hoping pitching staff offers edge over New York
The Metrodome at a glance  Twins' ballpark poses challenges for opponents
Twins postseason history  Minnesota won World Series in '87, '91
Twins' defining moments  Highlights of the '04 AL Central championship season
 Baseball Daily News/Yankees
Mussina takes the mound in Game 1  Opposes Santana, Twins in ALDS
A-Rod set for 'different' postseason  Embarks on his first playoff game as a Yankee
El Duque uncertain about Game 3  Hernandez not 100 percent yet; Giambi may sit out
Notes: Sheffield eyes second ring  Won't let shoulder injury slow him down
Sheffield unknowingly used steroid  Yankees slugger was unaware balm was illegal
Yanks fans flock to 'Rally Monday'  Over 1000 fans come to root on Yanks
Yanks chameleons in postseason  New York not worried should pitching falter
Yankees ready to take on the Twins  Matchup will have a different look than recent series
Yankees facts and figures  New York finishes at 101-61, the same record as '03
Mussina leads playoff rotation  Hernandez's shoulder could land Brown a slot
October at 'House That Ruth Built'  Yankee Stadium takes on a new life in the postseason
Yankees postseason history  Team is winningest in MLB history
How the Yankees were built  A mix of home-grown and free-agent talent
Yankees monthly recap  Team makes big move in May and June