A night after a 14-1 drubbing, NY beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time and improved to 27-9 against the Twins at new Yankee Stadium, including the playoffs.
Rochester has dealt with numerous same weather problems that the Twins have in Minnesota this season. Just as they did in the American League Wild Card Game, the Bombers plated three in the first - no Didi Gregorius homer this time, just a Gary Sanchez two-run double and Aaron Hicks' RBI single - and never looked back.
Minnesota had a disappointing showing in the Sunshine State as they were swept over the weekend by the Rays. Seven of the 12 outs he recorded were on strikeouts, he only walked two batters and 57 o his 93 pitches were strikes.
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton watches his fifth-inning, solo home run in a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in New York, Monday, April 23, 2018. He has five home runs this season, three of which have come in Yankee Stadium.
Since the start of 2002, the Twins are 14-47 (.230) in this haunted borough, including postseason series defeats in 2003-04 and 2009-10.
After a so-so start to the season, the Yankees have now won four out of their last five and it seems they may have found a groove.
Masahiro Tanaka bounced back in a huge way Monday night going six and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out five. Berrios is 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA, a 0.64 WHIP, no walks and 23 strikeouts over 18.2 innings in his last three starts.
And, in a fitting cap to the blowout win, Torres' hit meant that eight of nine Yankees starters had reached base in the game, with the only holdout being Gregorius - who gave the Yankees lineup bingo by smacking his second career grand slam later in the inning.
NY has been up and down this season though they did win three of four from the Blue Jays over the weekend. NY jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings Sunday and that was more than enough in the contest. NY has won the season series 11 straight years, and has lost it only once since 1992.
-Andujar's 14 extra-base hits are the second-most by a Yankee all-time in his first 19 games, one ahead of Sanchez and two behind Joe DiMaggio. On Tuesday, they cooked up one of CC Sabathia's favorite meals: the Minnesota Twins. Sabathia faces the Twins for the 39 time in his career in this contest.
The Yankees called him up for the first time Sunday. Abreu raised his home run total to six this season with his 12th multihomer game for the White Sox. The 26-year-old Cole was 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games for the Nationals and was designated for assignment last week. New York, on the other hand, has been wildly inconsistent. Sabathia is making his second start since coming off the DL here so he'll likely still be monitored.