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The conventional wisdom going into tonight's Division Series opener between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees is that the Twins are both undermanned for this matchup and emotionally drained from last night's 12-inning playoff marathon against the Detroit Tigers.

It's hard to argue with that. The Twins left everything on the field at the Metrodome, then left more out there in the postgame celebration, then had to fly to New York to open a best-of-five series against C.C. Sabathia after using much of their pitching staff to complete their terrific September comeback and win the AL Central title.

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That said, don't discount the pressure that is on this Yankees team to get back to the World Series after years of $200 million near-misses. If the Twins can somehow find a way to split the first two games in New York -- which admittedly looks like a longshot -- they could make things very interesting at the Metrodome.

If you're a Yankees hater, you can only hope.

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