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Updated: April 20th, 2010 8:16pm
With help from Tribe, Twins may have found remedy to clutch hitting woes

With help from Tribe, Twins may have found remedy to clutch hitting woes

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have apparently found a remedy to their hitting woes with runners in scoring position, but they needed some help from a hapless Indians defense. 


With the score tied at 1-1 with one out in the bottom of the third inning, the Twins had runners on first and second. Delmon Young hit a routine ground ball to Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who was set to turn a sure-fire 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Instead, the ball slipped right through Cabrera's legs, allowing everybody to safely advance. Instead of turning an inning-ending double play, the Indians now faced a bases loaded situation with one out and J.J. Hardy at the plate.

Of course, starting pitcher Justin Masterson walked Hardy on four pitches to score Justin Morneau from third base.

Shortly after that, Masterson threw a wild pitch that scored Michael Cuddyer from third. On the play, catcher Lou Marson's throw ricocheted off Masterson, who covered home plate, allowing Young to score all the way from second base.

Brendan Harris then hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring J.J. Hardy.

The Indians could have entered the fourth inning with the game tied at 1-1. Instead, Cabrera -- who may never make a more embarrassing error in his entire career -- will put his head in the sand while Kevin Slowey attempts to hold onto a 5-1 lead.

Hey, at least the Twins have found a 'plan B' for when they can't drive men home from scoring position.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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