Twins beat Tigers on wild final play with six major mistakes

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Maybe the natural chaos embedded in baseball springs from the soul of Javy Báez. Last May, as a member of the Cubsthe tricky shortstop was at the center of the season’s most inexplicable chain of events when he somehow confused the Pirates into ignoring the laws of the sport and refusing to retire him by simply stepping on the first base.


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