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AL Wild Card: Joe Mauer, Twins seek payback

AL Wild Card: Joe Mauer, Twins seek payback

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer remembers well all those October losses to the New York Yankees.

In the Twins clubhouse, though, it might as well be ancient history.

Back in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Mauer and the Twins will face the Yankees in the American League wild-card game Tuesday night hoping to turn around what has been a one-sided postseason rivalry.

The Yankees eliminated the Twins in a division series four times from 2003 to 2010.

“Somebody asked me earlier, ‘Does it feel like seven years?’” Mauer said. “I said, ‘Yes, and all of that.’”

Mauer is the only holdover from that era. Minnesota has a young group of players that...

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