Curses! Misery continues for long-suffering franchises

The Major League Baseball playoffs opened Tuesday with a familiar refrain for teams such as Oakland, Cleveland and Minnesota, all of whom have struggled mightily in the postseason recently.

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September 30, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco could not reach a ball hit by Houston Astros' Kyle Tucker in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the MLB Wild Card Series. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez / Minneapolis Star Tribune / TNS

It was not a good start to the Major League Baseball postseason for those who don’t believe in curses.

The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics extended their string of postseason futility on Tuesday with losses in the openers of their respective best-of-three, wild-card series. If they don’t win Game 2 on Wednesday, it’s another quick trip home for two franchises that have been consistently great in the regular season, only to fall apart when the postseason arrives.

Count the Cleveland Indians, too. Losers of seven straight playoff games, they’re hoping to fight off elimination against the New York Yankees.

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