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Athletics sweep Twins to advance

Athletics sweep Twins to advance

The Oakland Athletics swept away years of first-round futility when they beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3 to reach the American League championship series for the first time in 14 years on Friday.
Milton Bradley homered and threw out Torii Hunter in a disputed play at the plate as the A's ended a run of nine straight losses in potential playoff clinchers.
The A's never trailed in finishing off the Twins in three games and will face either the Detroit Tigers or New York Yankees starting on Tuesday. Their best-of-five division series was tied 1-1 going into Friday's late game.
Marco Scutaro doubled twice and tied an Oakland postseason record with four RBIs, and Eric Chavez homered as the Athletics won a playoff series for the first time since 1990.
Hunter and Justin Morneau homered for the Twins, who surprisingly won the AL Central on the regular season's final day but couldn't stage the kind of first-round comeback they pulled off against the A's four years ago.
Hunter made a key mistake in the sixth inning. Down 4-1, the Twins were rallying when Rondell White hit a RBI single. Hunter also tried to score on the play and Bradley made a strong throw home. Hunter attempted to avoid catcher Jason Kendall's tag and reach the plate with his left hand, but plate umpire Mike Everitt called him out.
Dan Haren allowed nine hits and two runs in six innings for the win, which the A's enjoyed with a postgame party in their clubhouse _ which had been alcohol-free since June after pitcher Esteban Loaiza's drunken driving arrest.
Brad Radke, pitching with a torn labrum and stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, was done after four innings for the Twins. He allowed five hits and four runs. He plans to call it quits after a 12-year big league career.


Updated : 2021-06-17 12:29 GMT+08:00