Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Anaheim won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 27
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Game 2: Saturday, August 28
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Game 3: Sunday, August 29
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Twins 2

(72-58, 34-30 away)

Angels 4

(75-55, 38-28 home)

    4:05 PM ET, August 29, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: F. Rodriguez (2-1)

    L: J. Rincon (10-6)

    Glaus 0-for-2 in return off D.L.

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are beginning to think Adam Kennedy isn't human. And they're glad to be finished with him -- at least for the regular season.

    Kennedy hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving the Angels a 4-2 victory over the AL Central-leading Twins on Sunday. It came two days after his tiebreaking two-run shot helped beat the Twins 9-6.

    "I think Adam Kennedy is the Rally Monkey," Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter said in reference to the Angels' video mascot. "The Rally Monkey lives within him. If you get rid of Adam Kennedy, the Rally Monkey is no more."

    Kennedy has hit three other home runs against the Twins -- all of them in the 2002 AL championship series clincher, earning him MVP honors for that series.

    Jose Guillen doubled home the tying run in the sixth for his 100th RBI of the season, and Troy Glaus went 0-for-2 with two walks in his first game back after being sidelined for more than 3½ months with a shoulder injury.

    Kennedy drove a 3-2 slider down and in from Juan Rincon (10-6) deep into the right-field porch for his ninth home run and first walkoff homer of his career after a one-out walk to Glaus.

    "This was the last game against them and we won't see those guys no more, so he decided to go deep and leave us thinking about the ALCS -- because it might happen again," Hunter said. "But I'll tell you what -- in the ALCS, he won't get a pitch to hit. I hope not. He's hurting us."

    Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings for the win. Angels starter Kelvim Escobar allowed two runs, four hits and no walks in seven innings while striking out nine.

    Glaus, who underwent shoulder surgery on May 21, was activated from the 60-day disabled list following a five-game rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

    The three-time All-Star third baseman and MVP of the 2002 World Series was injured when he dived in an attempt to stop a double by Hunter at Minnesota on April 30. He stayed in the lineup for nine more games as a DH until May 11, when he sprained his right knee while striking out at Yankee Stadium.

    "I was surprised, but it's good to see him healthy and back in the lineup," Escobar said. "Everybody knows how important he is to this team."

    A roar went up from the shocked sellout crowd at Angel Stadium when Glaus' name was announced in the starting lineup. He batted seventh, and received a standing ovation before lining out to left on the second pitch.

    J.C. Romero, who hadn't allowed a run in 27 innings since his two-week demotion to Triple-A Rochester ended on June 25, gave Glaus the ultimate show of respect by intentionally walking him with a runner at second and first base open in the sixth. Kennedy fouled out to end the inning.

    "That's the kind of player Troy is," Kennedy said. "Troy's been known throughout his career as a guy who has good at-bats late in the game. Regardless of how long he's been out, he can hurt you with one swing of the bat. And they're aware of that."

    Carlos Silva left after five innings because of a strained neck. He allowed a run and four hits, but the bullpen couldn't protect his 2-1 lead.

    Guillen, who grounded into a force play out with the bases loaded to end the third, tied it in the sixth with an RBI double after a double by Vladimir Guerrero.

    "Everybody had their own opinions about MVP, but Jose's definitely on my list," Kennedy said. "He's the one guy who's really helped this team stay strong through all the injuries."

    In the third, Kennedy doubled and Chone Figgins followed with a grounder that was booted by second baseman Augie Ojeda for an error. Kennedy scored the game's first run on David Eckstein's double-play grounder.

    Figgins appeared to have avoided Ojeda's tag, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia had a lengthy argument with second-base umpire Phil Cuzzi before walking over to first-base ump Larry Poncino. After Scioscia headed toward Poncino -- who was in a better position to see the play -- Cuzzi took offense and ejected Scioscia.

    Justin Morneau tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 14th homer. The Twins took the lead in the fifth when Michael Cuddyer walked, stole second and scored on Cristian Guzman's second double.

    Game notes


    Nine of Guillen's RBI have tied the score and 21 have put the Angels ahead -- the same numbers as Guerrero. ... The Angels placed DH Tim Salmon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 24, and optioned right-handed reliever Matt Hensley to Triple-A Salt Lake. Infielder Adam Riggs was recalled from Salt Lake and outfielder Barry Wesson was designated for assignment.

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