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MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Ynoa hadnt pitched in nearly two weeks and had just walked Max Kepler to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth.And when Ynoa missed high with a pitch that nearly went over Brian Doziers head, the White Sox seemed doomed to lose in dramatic fashion for the second straight night.But then Dozier popped out to third to end the inning, Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead double in the 10th, and the White Sox beat the Twins 6-5 Saturday night to give Ynoa (1-0) his first win this season.You start getting a little deja vu of last night, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, referring to Friday nights loss in which Tommy Kahnle walked Joe Mauer for the game-winning run in the 12th.He was able to come through. Its always special when a guy gets his first win.Or when a team breaks a three-game skid.Avisail Garcia hit a leadoff double against Fernando Abad (1-4) in the 10th, and then scored easily when Navarro drove a fastball from Abad to the left-field corner for his third hit of the ninth. Navarro entered the game batting .200.Dios had a long run of games in a row, Ventura said. Its just nice to see him get after it.Minnesota was one out from completing a comeback win when Melky Cabreras two-out single in the ninth scored Tim Anderson to make it 5-all heading into the bottom half. The Twins nearly pulled off their second walkoff win in two nights.This guy hasnt pitched in I dont know how long, Navarro said, and he comes in, started the inning kind of shaky with a double and then gets out of it. . He kept us in the game.David Robertson pitched the 10th for his 25th save.Justin Morneau homered and hit an RBI double against his old team, and Cabrera also drove in two against Twins starter Tommy Milone, who looked sharp early before yielding hits to five of his final seven batters.Eduardo Escobar hit a two-out, three-run homer in the eighth off Matt Albers to put the Twins up 5-4. But Brandon Kintzler blew his first save opportunity in nine chances on Cabreras third RBI of the night.Its a disappointing game, but its entertaining, Twins manager Paul Molitor said.GONZALEZ ROLLSAlbers and Dan Jennings failed to hold onto a two-run lead in the eighth, wasting a solid seven-inning performance by starter Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez scattered six hits, struck out five and lasted seven innings for third time this month. His 114 pitches were a season high. Minnesotas only run against him the first six innings came in a three-error third that saw Byron Buxton flash his impressive speed on the base paths.Throwing seven innings, its really important for us starters, he said.MORNEAUS NIGHTFormer Twins MVP Morneau went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer of the season in the sixth on a 3-1 pitch off Milone that traveled 402 feet into the left-field seats to make it 4-1. Morneau has now homered against all 30 major-league teams.SALE CLEARS THE AIRChris Sale said he addressed his teammates and coaches after Thursday nights loss to clear the air after last weekends bizarre episode in which the White Sox ace took a pair of scissors to the teams throwback jerseys. Sale, who drew a five-day suspension for the incident, also said he had several 1-on-1 meetings, including one with Ventura.Im not going to get into what we talked about, but we had a long talk, Ventura said. It was good.Likewise, Sale called the meeting good and very productive.TRAINERS ROOMWhite Sox: Ventura gave Adam Eaton the day off, saying hes been beat up quite a bit lately with fouling pitches off his feet and ankles, and getting hit by a pitch Friday night. Ventura said he was also hoping to rest Eaton on Sunday to give him three full days off. Hes not necessarily going to ask for one, but I know he needs one, the manager said. ... INF Todd Frazier missed a second straight game with flu-like symptoms. Ventura said he hoped to have Frazier back on Sunday.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (2-7) is expected to be activated Sunday and start his first game since July 5. Rodon went on the DL earlier this month after hurting his wrist when he stumbled on dugout steps.Twins: Ervin Santana (3-9) goes for his first win in three tries against the White Sox this season. Santana lost his previous start despite throwing a complete game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. 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Beyond the viral social media campaign, past the flood of valedictory books and away from the David Parkin documentary about graduates of Alastair Clarksons coaching box, Hawthorn remains a football club vying for an AFL flag this September like all the rest.Three consecutive premierships carry with them a certain level of baggage. Theres the talk of making further history by winning a fourth, and there is also the lionisation of the club for what it has already done. These days the bookstores sport as many tomes about Hawthorn premierships as they once did about football itself. Booming membership has helped spawn a Hawks industry selling, to crib from Cut Copy, a kind of strange nostalgia for the future.At the same time Clarksons record of achievement means he is being hailed and almost fetishised in a manner seldom seen; certainly not since the cult of Kevin Sheedy reached its peak either side of the 2000 season. To watch Parkin interviewing Brendon Bolton, Damien Hardwick, Leon Cameron and Luke Beveridge about Clarkson was to get some insight about the environment he fostered, but it was also to stop and think: hang on, isnt this stuff usually saved for coaches and players in the retired column? With a contract recently extended until 2019, his finish line is some ways off.Certainly Clarkson expressed an air of detachment from the way he and his club have been turned into a museum piece, even as they continue to contend. The great Hawthorn side of the 2010s is not ready to be the subject of historical discussion, even though the conversation has already been going on for quite some time.No. 1, I havent seen it, Clarkson said of Parkins documentary, No. 2, Ive got no control over it and No. 3, theyre all at their different clubs doing what theyre trying to do to help their clubs and were doing what were trying to do in this moment right now and thats win a game of footy. It becomes pretty inconsequential really.Its not hard to imagine him speaking similarly about the video dreamed up by the clubs marketing wing to generate talk about the finals. Staged and CGI-enhanced footage of a Hawk grabbing a snake then dropping it onto a barbecue group of rival supporters - Geelong, natch - went around the world. But it could only have been the product of a club with A) plenty of money to throw around and B) concerns somewhere within the building that these finals campaigns are becoming a bit of old hat.That sort of thinking is anathema to Clarkson, who smiled when noting the bigger than usual turnout of fans and media to the clubs final training session of the week at Waverley. While some of his players have followed the embrace the hunt slogan being used by the aforementioned marketing departmennt and bestowed favouritism on other clubs, Clarkson leavened his enthusiasm for finals with sound logic: Hawthorn are here again, Hawthorn know how to get it done in September, Hawthorn have the experience required to face any finals obstacle.ddddddddddddIm not really too concerned by form lines and that sort of stuff, he said. Youve got to win games of footy in September, not August. Our form in Septembers been pretty strong and if we can reproduce that type of form were going to be hard to beat.You just cope with whatevers put in front of you, you address it. The benefit for this group is, its a really experienced group, theyve had a lot of hurdles over the journey and whatevers put in front of them they usually find a way to get around.Nothing has summed that up more effectively than Hawthorns record in tight games this year. Six of their wins have come in matches decided by fewer than 10 points. While the rapier-like foot skills and ball movement of previous years has been less prevalent, game awareness, composure and sheer bloodyminded determination have been evident in abundance. Finals-winning characteristics.We dont plan to have close games, no-one really does, Clarkson said. You focus on playing your best footy and you hope thats going to get you across the line whether its by a single kick or a couple of kicks in it.But when its presented to us we back our players to be able to cope with whats in front of them and weve been able to do that numerous times over the course of this year and indeed over the last five or six years. Well see what happens but its likely to be pretty close tomorrow night, so hopefully we can handle those scenarios pretty well again.Much of the Hawthorn story has been forged through meetings with Geelong, the club with which it has wrestled for AFL supremacy over much of the past decade. Walking into the MCG on Friday night there will be a sensation of more history about to be made, another chapter for all those books, another moment for the likes of Parkin and others to put into context.Clarkson and his players will, in time, join in the merry-go-round of history, marketing and discussion. But they want to stave off their own period of reflection by keeping things going this September. A premiership is a premiership, four in a row or not.Its been spoken about less than last year to be fair, amongst both our coaches and our players, Clarkson said. It hasnt been something thats been used one bit at this point. 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