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Minnesota Sets Record for Baseball Futility

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For Minnesota Twins fans, it's a sad, familiar story: The team got eliminated from the playoffs Monday night by the New York Yankees. But the 5-1 loss for Minnesota has an added sting—the Twins have now lost a remarkable 16 straight playoff games, which is a Major League Baseball record, notes ESPN.

The unwanted streak stretches back to 2004, and it features a familiar nemesis: The Yankees have accounted for 13 of those losses. At the local Pioneer Press, John Shipley sums things up nicely in his first sentence: "Target Field is such a nice ballpark; it’s a shame not to use it more in October."

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