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Minnesota Twins Alexi Casillia celebrated with Joe Mauer who hit a three-run homer against the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Friday, July 31, 2009. (Bruce Bisping/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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The Boston Red Sox recognize their playoff hopes are fading, but they don't seem to have a way to stop it. The Red Sox will try to avoid being swept at home in a four-game series by the Minnesota Twins for the first time in 21 years in Sunday's finale. Boston came into this set having won four of six games, but it hasn't built on the momentum as Minnesota has rallied to consecutive victories. Joe Mauer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Alfredo Aceves for a 6-4 win Saturday after Pedro Ciriaco broke an eighth-inning tie with a pinch-hit home run for the Red Sox. The loss came after Boston (53-55) failed to protect a 5-1 lead Friday, losing 6-5 in 10 innings. The Red Sox were shut out in the series opener. Boston, which has lost four straight overall, has dropped 10 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East and is five games behind in the wild-card race. "They're all devastating now," Nick Punto said. "You get this late in the season and you look at th...
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