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Mauch holds a meeting at 6, 15 minutes before the start of batting practice and 2� hours after Carew, 0 for 5 the previous night, had finished a special session in the batting cage. Mauch says he wants to talk about "priorities" and the pennant race. "I don't worry about these guys," he says, even though the Twins are now five games behind the Royals in the loss column. "They've got resiliency. We were 15� back of Kansas City at this time last season and finished five out. We might have won had the season been two weeks longer. A couple of losses or a few games in the loss column now don't mean much. Right now, if they win, players say it was a must game. If they lose, they talk about tomorrows."
After the Red Sox score three runs in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4, the Twins come back for a 6-4 victory. Carew leads off the eighth, picking a near-perfect pitch from Boston's Rick Kreuger off his shoetops and drilling a double down the left-field line. He scores the clincher on Lyman Bostock's single. Tom Johnson, who had been chilled by four straight frozen ropes the previous night, relieves in the seventh and breezes to his 14th win. In striking contrast to the night before, music blares through the clubhouse. "Resiliency," Mauch says again, leaning back at his desk and sipping a VO and water. "That's a big thing in a race like this. I think this club has it. At least I hope so."
Minutes before the start of a three-game series with New York, Hunter tries to rally his team. "All right now, three in a row," he says. "We owe it to them. They embarrassed us in our place last week. Now let's pay them back."
Instead of making New York pay for the three-game sweep in Texas, the Rangers stage a giveaway for the second night in a row, blowing a lead in the late innings and losing 6-5. Two mistakes are critical—an error by rookie Second Baseman Bump Wills on a double-play ball in the seventh and a missed sign by pinch hitter Curt Bevacqua in the ninth. One mistake leads to two unearned runs; the other turns Juan Beniquez into an easy out at second when Bevacqua fails to execute his role in the hit-and-run.
Hunter explodes in the clubhouse, and when he joins plastic pipe magnate and team owner Brad Corbett in the manager's office, there is a crashing sound behind the closed door.
Meanwhile, slumping against a wall in the back of the clubhouse, Sundberg says, "We can't fall too much farther behind."
George Brett stands in the locker room, expounding on leadership. "We don't need a team leader because everyone gets along," he says.