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TRIBE SPLITS HISTORIC DOUBLEHEADER

The Indians were afraid all these doubleheaders would catch up to them sooner or later, and that's exactly what happened in the eighth inning Monday night.

Torii Hunter hit a game-tying, two-run single and Jacque Jones drove in the go-ahead run off Bob Wickman in the eighth as the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland, 4-3, in the nightcap of an historic, three-team doubleheader.

In the day game, Dave Burba got his 16th win in Cleveland's 9-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

It was only the second three-team doubleheader in the majors since 1900 and first since 1951.

The Indians had kicked and screamed about having to play the doubleheader.

Cleveland was worried its worn-out pitching staff might not hold up, and relievers Paul Shuey (4-2) and Wickman couldn't close out the sweep.

Manny Ramirez homered for the Indians, who missed a chance to gain any ground on the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild card race. The A's lead the Indians by 1 1/2 games.

"I think it's a difficult call for the league," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "But I don't know if it's fair that this team has to play as many doubleheaders as it has, especially with them coming home after a long road trip. I don't know if the league took everything into consideration."

"We're starting to run out of games," Manuel added. "We're kind of at the point where we can't lose any."

Shuey allowed the Twins to load the bases with two outs. Wickman got ahead 0-2 on Hunter, who evened the count before lining a breaking ball into left-center to tie it at 3.

Jones followed with a bloop RBI single to left, helping the last-place Twins improve to 7-3 against the Indians this season.

With history being made, the Indians said they would send a ball from each game, signed by the starting pitchers, along with tickets and the lineup cards to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

They ought to throw in a towel autographed by Cy Buynak, the visiting clubhouse manager, who moved the White Sox out and the Twins in without a noticeable problem.

In fact, the White Sox and Twins didn't even see each other.

By the time Minnesota's players arrived at the ballpark, the only trace that another visiting team had been in the visitor's clubhouse earlier was a pair of white socks left behind by one of the White Sox.

In the opener, Burba (16-6) allowed seven hits in seven innings, and Roberto Alomar and Ramirez had two RBIs each for the Indians.

Alomar also took exception to a hard slide by Chicago's Tony Graffanino on a force at second in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Alomar gestured toward Graffanino after grounding out and had words with Chicago's bench. Both teams poured onto the field after Sandy Alomar pushed Chicago catcher Mark Johnson, but no punches were thrown.

Sandy Alomar was the only player ejected from the game.

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