All the bouncing, celebrating and shaving-cream-pie-shoving the Yankees did during the regular season might have been just the warmup act.
Friday, they celebrated their 16th - and by far biggest -walkoff win of their season as Mark Teixeira lined a homer down the leftfield line to give them a 4-3 11-inning victory over the Twins and a 2-0 lead in their American League division series.
Teixeira's homer was the ending, but Alex Rodriguez had a lot to do with the Yankees getting there, hitting a two-run, tying homer in the ninth.
The spunky Twins, resuscitated by a day off after winning their way into the playoffs Tuesday night and dropping Wednesday's opener, were three outs from a 3-1 victory.
And ex-Rays infielder Brendan Harris, the other guy to Delmon Young in the November 2007 deal for Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza, was going to be the story.
Harris, who didn't start and was in the game only because third baseman Matt Tolbert left injured, tripled in the Twins' first run, singled to set up their second, scored their third (on a single by Tampa Catholic High product Denard Span) and made a spectacular diving stop to rob Derek Jeter of a double in the eighth.
But all his work went for naught when Joe Nathan, who had converted 47 of 52 save chances, including his past 12, failed. And he needed only eight pitches to do so, allowing a leadoff single to Teixeira and then, after falling behind 3-and-1, the homer to Rodriguez.
After recording just one RBI in his previous 16 postseason games (dating to Game 4 of the 2004 AL Championship Series) and stretches of 0-for-29 with runners on base and 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position, Rodriguez is now looking like Mr. October.
He came through with a pair of RBI singles in Wednesday's opener, then came up bigger Friday. He laced a two-out single that scored the tying run in the sixth before the ninth-inning homer.
The Yankees were in prime position to win it in the 10th with a runner on third and one out. But with the infield in, Johnny Damon lined into a double play.
The rally started when veteran catcher Jorge Posada rapped a one-out single off Nathan, whose day would get even worse. Pinch-runner Brett Gardner stole second and went to third when Nathan's pickoff attempt sailed into the outfield. Jeter was intentionally walked.
But rookie lefty Jose Mijares got lucky; Damon's liner went right to shortstop Orlando Cabrera. He doubled off Gardner, who had broken for the plate.
Then the Twins had their chance, loading the bases to start the 11th but not getting anything. They started with singles by Joe Mauer - who looked to have a ground-rule double earlier in the at-bat that was called foul - and Jason Kubel (off Damaso Marte) and Michael Cuddyer (off David Robertson). But Young lined to first. Carlos Gomez's grounder forced Mauer at the plate, and Harris flied to center.
The score was tied 1-1 going to the eighth after contrasting but equally effective postseason debuts by Minnesota's Nick Blackburn and New York's A.J. Burnett.
Blackburn held the Yankees hitless into the fifth and allowed his run when Jeter doubled and Rodriguez singled in the sixth. Burnett, after all the controversy over manager Joe Girardi paring him backup catcher Jose Molina, allowed his only run on Harris' triple despite walking five and hitting two.