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Can the Stingers win it?

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Can the Stingers win it?
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Following Tuesday's 5-4 win, the Willmar Stingers are four games behind Northwoods League North Division leader Alexandria with five games to play.

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The Stingers' odds of catching the Beetles are not good, but it can happen. Here are some of the more epic pennant-race turn-abouts in Major League Baseball history:

In 2009, the Detroit Tigers became the first team to ever lose a pennant after holding a three game lead with four games to play. The Minnesota Twins won Game 164 to claim the Central Division championship.

In 1987, the Twins and Tigers figured into the bizarre fizzle of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays led the East Division race by 3-1/2 games with seven to play but lost all seven games - including three one-run games to the Tigers in the final weekend - and finished two games behind Detroit. The Tigers then lost to the eventual World Series champion Twins in the ALCS.

In 2007, the New York Mets lost a seven game lead in the final 17 games and finished a game back of Philadelphia.

And, of course, there are the famous - or infamous -- 1964 Phillies, who blew a 6-1/2 game lead in the final 12 games and finished a game behind St. Louis in the National League pennant race. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Yankees in the World Series.

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