MINNEAPOLIS -- This postseason, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has taken to reciting a favorite slogan of his teammate, Derek Jeter.
"We want to win every game we play," Rodriguez said, echoing Jeter after the Yankees beat the Twins, 5-2, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Every game -- seems impossible, right?
Not against the Twins.
The Yankees' victory on Thursday was their eighth straight postseason win against Minnesota, the longest such winning streak against any one team in postseason history.
"They're all close games," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "It's not like we've been winning 10-1. Their starters have pitched well. We've just been grinding."
Including a three-game first-round sweep at the hands of the A's in 2006, the Twins have now dropped a total of 11 consecutive postseason games.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have never lost a postseason game in Minnesota, going 7-0 with a series-clinching victory in Game 3 of last year's ALDS at the Metrodome. Andy Pettitte and Carl Pavano, that game's starting pitchers, reprised their roles in a head-to-head matchup on Thursday. And Pettitte once again got the best of Pavano, this time tossing seven innings of two-run ball for his record 19th career postseason win.
"I think it's just pitching," catcher Jorge Posada said of the streak. "We have pitched well."