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Ready, aim, Cuddyer! Twins roll
Outfielder paces Twins' bats
Michael Cuddyer was a one-man wrecking crew in the finale, homering and collecting three doubles to knock in four. On the hill, Scott Baker earned his second victory, going five innings and allowing three runs, striking out three. Matt LeCroy drove in two.
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Twins 10, Athletics 4
Michael Cuddyer is congratulated by third base coach Al Newman after his home run. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Series at a glance:
A's unable to garner sweep
It was one of those days for Joe Kennedy. The lefty lasted just 3 1/3 frames, giving up six runs and five hits. Jason Kendall cracked a two-run double and Mark Ellis collected his 11th homer. The A's fell 2 1/2 games behind the rival Angels in the AL West.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 21, 2005
MIN
Minnesota (77-74)
Won 1
Minnesota 10, Oakland 4   OAK
Oakland (84-68)
Lost 1
September 21, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 1 3 2 1 2 0 1 0   10 12 0
Oakland
0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0   4 6 0
Standings through 9/21/05  |  Gameday  |  Twins Stats  |  Athletics Stats
MinnesotaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyner, LF5210113.303
Bartlett, SS2200102.249
LeCroy, DH4032100.267
1-Ryan, PR-DH0000000.234
Morneau, 1B5101018.239
Cuddyer, RF4244100.262
Tiffee, 3B5001006.213
Heintz, C4021102.333
Punto, CF5110033.241
Rivas, 2B4210101.260
Totals38101296525 


1-Ran for LeCroy in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Heintz (3, Kennedy), Cuddyer 3 (24, Kennedy, Cruz, Witasick), LeCroy (5, Yabu).
HR: Cuddyer (12, 2nd inning off Kennedy, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Tyner; LeCroy 4; Cuddyer 10; Heintz 3; Punto; Rivas.
RBI: Cuddyer 4 (39), Morneau (73), LeCroy 2 (45), Heintz (2), Tiffee (15).
2-out RBI: Cuddyer 3; LeCroy 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto; Tiffee 3; Morneau; Tyner; Heintz.
GIDP: Punto.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Punto (12, 2nd base off Kennedy/Kendall), Tyner (1, 2nd base off Cruz/Kendall), Rivas (3, 3rd base off Cruz/Kendall).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ellis, 2B3211101.327
Kendall, C3012011.270
a-Melhuse, PH-C1000000.242
Kotsay, CF3000001.282
b-Watson, M, PH-LF1000000.136
Chavez, 3B4000020.269
Payton, LF-CF4010000.271
Hatteberg, DH4110011.265
Crosby, SS4110011.283
Johnson, 1B3010002.279
Swisher, RF2001011.234
Totals32464168 

a-Grounded out for Kendall in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Kotsay in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Kendall (26, Baker).
HR: Ellis (11, 8th inning off Crain, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Ellis 4; Kendall 2; Payton; Hatteberg; Crosby; Johnson.
RBI: Swisher (72), Kendall 2 (48), Ellis (49).
2-out RBI: Kendall 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kotsay.
SF: Swisher.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
DP: (Crosby-Ellis-Johnson).

 
MinnesotaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Baker (W, 2-2)5.05331303.16
Romero 2.00000103.58
Crain 1.01110012.41
Rincon 1.00000202.60
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kennedy (L, 7-12)3.15663116.08
Cruz 2.05331107.44
Flores, R 0.10000101.42
Witasick 1.11001102.80
Yabu 1.01111004.58
Garcia 1.00000100.00

WP: Kennedy, Cruz, Witasick.
IBB: Cuddyer (by Yabu).
HBP: Bartlett (by Cruz), Bartlett (by Yabu).
Pitches-strikes: Baker 103-66, Romero 25-15, Crain 9-7, Rincon 13-9, Kennedy 85-53, Cruz 42-26, Flores, R 5-4, Witasick 24-12, Yabu 23-11, Garcia 10-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Baker 3-9, Romero 3-2, Crain 2-1, Rincon 1-0, Kennedy 7-2, Cruz 3-2, Flores, R 0-0, Witasick 3-0, Yabu 3-0, Garcia 1-1.
Batters faced: Baker 21, Romero 6, Crain 4, Rincon 3, Kennedy 18, Cruz 12, Flores, R 1, Witasick 6, Yabu 6, Garcia 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Cruz 2-2, Flores, R 2-0, Witasick 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Tony Randazzo. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 62 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:02.
Att: 14,927.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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