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Delay of game call halts Twins

A's reign ended after two years

Turns out there is a clock in baseball.

The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians were tied, 5-5, after 11 innings yesterday in Minneapolis when the game was suspended because the Metrodome field needed to be changed over for the Penn State-Minnesota football game.

The game, which has implications for the AL playoffs -- including playing a role in determining where the Red Sox will begin play Tuesday in a Division Series -- will be resumed this afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled season finale.

Many Twins didn't like the suspension.

"We battle our butts off and then it's over," exclaimed Torii Hunter. "That's terrible."

Penn State and 18th-ranked Minnesota were to start at 7 p.m. local time, and when the 11th inning ended a few minutes after the 2:30 deadline, stadium workers immediately began to the cover the dirt, paint the field lines, and color in logos. The Central champion Twins can still begin the playoffs at home if they beat the Indians twice today and Oakland beats Anaheim. In that case, Minnesota would host the Red Sox; otherwise, the Twins would open at the Yankees.

Minnesota tied the game for the third time in the seventh inning, making it 5-5 with a run off Jake Westbrook. Lew Ford led off with his fourth hit, and third infield single, and moved to third on Jason Kubel's single. Ford scored when Hunter grounded into a double play.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 2 -- Roy Halladay pitched eight strong innings, giving Toronto a home win over Kevin Brown and New York. Brown (10-6), auditioning for a spot in the Yankees' postseason rotation, held the Blue Jays to one hit -- Vernon Wells's double in the fourth -- and one unearned run through five innings. Brown missed three weeks after breaking his non-pitching hand when he punched a wall Sept. 3, and he was hit hard in his return, getting just two outs at Fenway Park last Sunday.

Elsewhere -- Michael Young had a two-run homer and two other hits, spoiling Edgar Martinez Day in Seattle as the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners, 10-4. Ichiro Suzuki had a single, raising his major league-record hit total to 260 . . . Ruben Gotay drove in four runs with his first major league homer and a triple, helping host Kansas City snap a seven-game losing streak with a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox . . . Marcus Thames had his first two-homer game and drove in three runs, and Gary Knotts pitched solid ball into the eighth inning in the Tigers' 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Detroit.

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