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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Scott Baker, Yankee killer

Captain Shreve ex Scott Baker has had plenty of up and down moments as he bounced between Triple-A and the majors this year, but Saturday had to rank as one of his best.

Baker, mired in a roller-coaster season, beat the New York Yankees for the second time in as many starts this year, but this one certainly meant more to him and the Twins.

His first win was in April, when teams are still finding out about themselves. Saturday's came in the heat of a playoff race. With the Twins a half-game back in the AL wild card, Baker's start couldn't have come at a better time for him or the team.

When last seen in the big leagues, Baker was getting bounced around the Metrodome by the Texas Rangers. On Saturday, he silenced the AL's deepest lineup on one of baseball's biggest stages.

After winning the fifth starter's job coming out of spring training, Baker was inconsistent. Now, he has put himself back on the map and kept the Twins within striking distance of the world champion White Sox.


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