10/04/2002 8:57 pm ET
Game 3 game balls for Twins, A's
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or in this case Twinkies, as the lads from Minnesota are often referred, and Rollie Fingers, in honor of the A's swaggering, mustached forefathers -- for performances in this year's Division Series. Here's how you score it. Four Twinkies or Rollies and we might just see you in the World Series. If you get three, keep it up, the ALCS is not far away. Only two means your days in the postseason just might be numbered. One, you ask? Well, let's just say we're wondering how you got here.
Ray Durham: Opened the game with an inside-the-park home run, the perfect way to open a game and silence 55,000 screaming Minnesotans. Flashed his speed again in the seventh by scoring from first on a double.
Jermaine Dye: Game-winning solo home run to open the sixth put the A's right back on top after Minnesota pulled even.
Randy Velarde: Unsung hero's pinch-hit, RBI double in the seventh gave the A's a two-run cushion. Scored from third one batter later to put the A's up by three.
Torii Hunter: Misplayed Durham's inside-the-park homer to lead off the game. The first batter is not the best time to get aggressive on defense. Made up for it, in part, with RBI single to tie the game in the fifth.
Metrodome: Helped the Twins get their first run of the game in the fourth, thanks to funky bounces in the outfield, but also helped Oakland when Ray Durham hit an inside-the-park job in the top of the first. It's mythical postseason power has been a bit deflated.
Luis Rivas: Grounded into double play with two on in fourth to let Zito off the hook. He left five runners on base and made four outs in three at-bats. He'd have been better off striking out three times.