MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit seventh-inning home runs to spoil Carl Pavano's opportunity to frustrate New Yorkers one more time, and the Yankees advanced to their first AL championship series in five years with a 4-1 victory and sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday night.
This classic postseason pitching duel between former teammates Andy Pettitte and Pavano ended with another first-round playoff victory at the Metrodome for the Yankees, who also eliminated the Twins here in 2003 and 2004.
Nick Punto wasted a leadoff double in the eighth by failing to see that Denard Span's single didn't leave the infield, and he was thrown out trying to retreat to third base, wasting a chance for the Twins to tie it.
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