Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

NY Yankees won 4-0

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Minnesota2
Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Game 4: Monday, April 21
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Yankees 15

(16-3, 9-1 away)

Twins 1

(9-10, 3-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, April 21, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: D. Wells (3-0)

    L: R. Reed (1-3)

    Rotation's start 14-0 after Wells beats Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins were glad to see the New York Yankees leave town Monday.

    Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam and Nick Johnson homered twice to give David Wells more than enough support as the Yankees completed their second straight season sweep of the Twins with a 15-1 victory.

    "We got lambasted," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're a long way from being in their league, from what I saw out there."

    The Yankees won all four games this weekend and have beaten the Twins 13 straight times the past two seasons, outhomering them 31-3 in that span.

    "I'd like to give you my glove and let you try to face that lineup," Minnesota starter Rick Reed told reporters after giving up a career-high 11 runs.

    Wells, who pitched a perfect game against Minnesota in 1998, ran the rotation's record to 14-0 -- the longest winning streak to start a season since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    In this series, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina and Wells struck out 26 in 29 1/3 innings, giving up only 23 hits and six runs.

    "It comes down to starting pitching," said Bernie Williams, who hit a two-run homer in the ninth off J.C. Romero. "It just gives our offense a good chance to get something going. It is a luxury we are experiencing right now."

    Wells (3-0) pitched a seven-hitter for his second complete game of the season, both against the Twins. Dustan Mohr spoiled the shutout bid in the eighth with his second home run of the season.

    But by then it was too late.

    Erick Almonte had a career-high three hits and Raul Mondesi also went 3-for-4 for the Yankees, who had 14 hits and lead the majors with 39 homers.

    "Our confidence is sky high right now," manager Joe Torre said.

    New York has more homers than Detroit has runs (34) this season.

    "Everything we threw up there, they whacked," Gardenhire said.

    The Yankees' high-powered offense had scored in the first inning of each of the first three games of the series until Reed (1-3) struck out the side in first.

    Two errors cost him in the third, when Almonte doubled to center and moved up a base when Bobby Kielty bobbled the ball.

    Soriano hit a sharp grounder to third that Chris Gomez -- playing there for the first time in his career -- couldn't scoop and allowed Almonte to score.

    Johnson hit a two-run homer to make it 3-0, and it just got worse from there for Reed. He gave up 10 earned runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

    With two outs in the fourth, Reed put three straight men on base before failing to get a pitch to Soriano inside enough.

    Soriano, who has one of the quickest swings in the game, hit an 0-1 sinker into the left-field seats to put the Yankees ahead 7-0.

    "I knew I had a good swing," said Soriano, who was later asked if this was the best the Yankees have played in his three seasons.

    "We win the game like every day," Soriano said, "so that's pretty good."

    Reed got one out in the fifth before the next five batters reach.

    Tony Fiore entered with a nine-run deficit, allowing RBI singles to Almonte and Johnson that pushed New York's lead to 11-0.

    "We got a big lead," Wells said, "so it was like, 'Let's just go get this game over with.' "

    Gardenhire, who was ejected from Sunday's game for arguing with umpire Joe Brinkman, emptied his bench on Monday.

    Gomez led off and played third, Matthew LeCroy was at first base for Doug Mientkiewicz, Mohr subbed for Jacque Jones in left, Tom Prince replaced A.J. Pierzynski at catcher and Kielty was in center for Torii Hunter -- the designated hitter.

    It didn't do much good for the defending AL Central champion Twins.

    "Thank God we're in the Central and not the East," Reed said.

    The Twins are 9-10 but won't have to play the Yankees again in the regular season.

    "We're not worried," Pierzynski said. "There's a long way to go. We're still a confident ballclub."

    Game notes


    The Twins have 12 homers, ahead of only Detroit (5) in the AL. ... Mondesi, hit in the hip on a pitch from Fiore in the sixth, gave the right-hander a staredown on his slow walk to first. Said Mondesi: "He knew if he threw it over the plate, I would get another base hit." ... Hunter walked in the seventh -- the first issued by Wells in 59 innings. ... Minnesota's last win over the Yankees was May 10, 2001. ... This was Johnson's first career multihomer game. ... Mohr's homer ended an 0-for-19 skid. ... Soriano's grand slam was the second of his career. He also hit one on Opening Day at Toronto.

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