Yanks Coast To 10-2 Win Over Twins

The Yankees started a six game road trip by pounding out 16 hits that scored 10 runs in the first game of a three-game series against the Twins in Minnesota. And, all that production was accomplished without any homers hit by the Bronx Bombers.

The scoring began early, with the Yankees first run crossing the plate in the top of the first on singles by Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and, a RBI single by Hideki Matsui for the 1-0 lead.

Then, in the top of the second, the Yanks continued to get hits and runs off Twins starter Scott Baker, when Robinson Cano led off the inning with a double; advanced to third on an infield single by Brett Gardner; and scored on a high-arching sacrifice-fly down the left field line by Francisco Cervelli that increased the lead to 2-0.  

Jeter made the second out on a fly ball to right, before Johnny Damon kept the inning going with an infield hit on a ball that bounced over the pitchers head. This set-up a first and third situation for Teixeira who got a broken-bat, RBI single through the hole between short and third that scored Gardner with the Yankees third run of the game.

Alex Rodriguez ended the rally with a swinging strike three. But, the Yanks now led 3-0.

In the bottom of the second, Michael Cuddyer hit a homer into the left field seats off Yankees starter CC Sabathia to cut the Yankees lead to 3-1. This was Cuddyer’s 14th homerun of the season.

The Yankees opened up the lead even more in the 4th inning, knocking out the Twins starting pitcher in the process.

Cervelli led off the inning with a single, followed by walks to both Jeter and Damon, that loaded the bases, and finished Scott Baker’s night on the mound.

Brian Duensing now entered the game, and retired Teixeira on a pop up to first base for out number one.

Rodriguez was up next, and on the first pitch blasted a long shot to straight away center field that looked like it was going out of the park for a grand slam. Twins centerfielder, Carlos Gomez, carefully drifted back to the wall timing the blast perfectly, right in front of the 408 ft sign, as he waited until the last second before leaping up into the air to catch the ball with his glove over the centerfield wall. It was a beautiful catch that became a sac fly, scoring Cervelli, and also advancing Jeter to third while increasing the Yanks lead to 4-1. 

Matsui was up next and walked to load the bases again.

Then, Nick Swisher came up to the plate, and on a 3-1 pitch took ball four that forced home the Yankees fifth run.

The bases were still loaded with Robinson Cano up next. Cano was (0-for-21) in his last 21 at bats with runners in scoring position; and, after a long battle at the plate, grounded out to second to end the rally and increase his hitless streak in these situations to (0-for-22). But, the Yankees took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the inning.

CC Sabathia was pitching a great game through five innings, as the game now entered the top of the 6th when the Yankees blew this game wide open.

The 6th inning started off with Damon striking out against Brian Duensing (L, 6-7). Then, Teixeira singled; A-Rod walked; and, Matsui hit a deep fly ball to centerfield that was caught [once again] in front of the 408 ft sign by Gomez for the second out.

Swisher was the next batter, and walked to load the bases [the sixth Yankee walk of the game]. This brought Robinson Cano up to the plate with his (0-for-22) with runners in scoring postion streak still on his mind.

But, this time Cano delivered a clutch, broken bat two RBI single that scored Teixeira and A-Rod, increasing the Yanks lead to 7-1.

Twins Manager, Ron Gardenhire, then brought in reliver R.A. Dickey to pitch to Brett Gardner.

Dickey is a knuckleball pitcher; and, Gardner stroked a knuckler into right centerfield for two-RBI triple, his 5th triple of the year, driving home Swisher and Cano, giving the Yanks a 9-1 lead.

Cervelli then also hit a failed knuckler for a RBI double down the leftfield line, scoring Gardner with the Yankees 10th run of the game.

Jeter was the ninth batter of the inning, and the “captain” struckout to end the Yankees rally. The Bombers now led this contest 10-1.

CC Sabathia (W, 8-5) threw an even 100 pitches over seven solid innings of work, allowing only one run, on three hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Joe Girardi brought Brett Tomko into pitch the final two innings, and Tomko only had an average outing, giving up the second Twins run, on one hit, one walk, and no strikeouts in his two innings on the mound.   

But, Tomko recorded the final out, in this very big 10-2 Yankees victory over the Twins.

The batting stars for the Yankees in this game …

* Mark Teixeira: (4-for-6); one run; one RBI

* Brett Gardner: (3-for-5); including a triple; two runs; two RBI’s

* Francisco Cervelli: (2-for-4); including a double; one run; two RBI’s

* Robinson Cano: (2-for-5); including a double; two runs; two RBI’s

* note: every starter in the lineup got at least one hit in the 16-hit Yankee attack.


This is a great way for the Yankees to start this road trip.

Boston also won today, so the Yankees (49-34) remain one game behind the Red Sox (50-33) in the AL East.


— Jimmy, “BY&L”


Update:  Wednesday, July 8, 2009 …

The Yankees won the second game against the Minnesota Twins, 4-3.

A.J. Burnett (8-4) was the winning pitcher.

Mariano Rivera recorded a four-out “save”, his 22nd of the season.

To view boxscore, click on: Yanks 4, Twins 3  


The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays also won their games.

So, the Standings in the AL East (as of July 8th) are as follows ..


Red Sox       51-33     .607       —

Yankees      50-34     .595      1.0

Rays            46-39     .541      5.5

Blue Jays     43-43     .500      9.0

Orioles         38-47     .447     13.5 


The “race for first” in the AL East continues to heat-up as we head into the summer months of this baseball season. It will be fun to watch !!!


— Jimmy, “BY&L”        




  1. juliasrants

    Jimmy – it is going to be a race to the finish without a doubt! The Yankees have certainly righted themselves since the start of the season and while the Red Sox are struggling a bit right now – they are still finding ways to win games! It is going to be a wild summer!


  2. crazy19canuck

    Jimmy – It is nice to see AJ winning again. Really shows that he wasn’t too happy in Toronto. Maybe being closer to home and family has helped him out. Sabathia still amazes me. He seems like such a presence on the mound. I’d hate to be the batter facing him. I bet the rest of his team is glad that he is on their side! Congrats to the Yanks! Get ready for a wild ride in the AL East! Game on!

  3. Jane Heller

    That was a great game on Tuesday night, Jimmy. And last night we did it again, although without as much offense. Now let’s hope we can win one more in Minny before heading to Anaheim to face those pesky Angels. I’d love to see us in first place by the All-Star break!!!!


  4. orangebirds

    Good post, that was an awesome game Jimmy! Keep on going on your blog, you are getting comments now! Please comment on Birdland Blog Thanks.

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    Well, with the Yankees sweep of the Twins, and the Red Sox loss last night to the Royals — The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are now tied for first place in the AL East !!! … How about that, Julia !!!
    Both the Yanks and Sox now have a record of 51-34 as we enter the weekend !!! … Baseball the way it should be played — Playoff Baseball all the time !!!
    The Yankees play the L.A. Angels three games this weekend; and, the Red Sox play the K.C. Royals the final three games of their four-game series !!! … So, by the end of baseball action on Sunday, there will either still be a tie in the AL East, or one of our teams will be in first place !!! … Good Luck over the weekend, Julia … but, you know I will be rooting for the Yankees to be in first place all by themselves by the All-Star break !!!
    “Go Yankees” !!!
    Take care, Julia !!! … Have a great day and weekend !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Canuck …

    Both, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett started off slowly, but as the weather is getting warmer CC and A.J. are pitching much better; and both, as well as, Andy Pettitte, now [all] have eight wins apiece !!! … And, of course, Mariano Rivera is at the top of his game closing out Yankee victories !!! … It will be a great race between the Yanks, Red Sox, and Rays the rest of the season !!!
    Take care, Canuck; Have a great weekend !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  7. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jane …

    Yes, as of Friday morning, July 10th, the Yankees are now tied for first place with the Red Sox in the AL East !!! … We will have a very tough three-game series vs. the Angels this weekend in California, but I clearly see the Yankees sitting on top of the AL East [all by themselves] by the All-Star break !!! … On one of your posts, Jane, you said you were going to the Saturday Yankees vs. Angels game this weekend … So, we look for a big Yankees win in that game, and the Yankees winning at least two of the three games of the series !!!
    Enjoy the game , Jane; and, have a great weekend !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Birdlandblog …

    Thanks for the kind words about my blog !!! … The Yankees have now scored 10 or more runs in 12 games this season, the most in the American League !!! … So, its good to have an easy win, like the 10-2 win over the Twins, every once in awhile during the season !!! … I look forward to great baseball action in the second half of the season; and, of course, I know we both agree, we look forward to a big win by the American League over the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game in St. Louis !!!
    Birdlandblog, thanks for all your visits to my blog !!! … I will be sure to also visit your blog on a regular basis !!!
    One suggeston, though — When you offer comments on various blogs, you should leave your full URL at the end of your comments, so it will be easier for others to reach your blog !!! …
    Just include your full URL as follows …
    Take care, Birdlandblog; Have a great weekend !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  9. raysrenegade


    Got to admit, the Rays are only 6 wins off their pace of 2008 and look at the standings. I think the crystal ball gals were right when they said 97 wins might be needed to secure the title this season.
    Here we are just a few notches beyond the halfway mark and the big three are within 5-ish of each other. That is going to make the last 70-odd games a free-for-all with each loss taking another penny off the money stack and the standings.
    No matter who gets there this season, it will ,be earned totally.

    Rays Renegade


  10. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Birdlandblog …

    Thanks again for the nice words about my blog; and, thanks for all your visits here — you are always welcome !!! … It’s great to see that you are using your URL at the end of your comments … This will make it easier for other bloggers to reach your blog, and will also increase the number of visits and comments you receive !!! … You have an excellent mlblog; keep up the great work !!!
    Take care; and, have a great night !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  11. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Rays Renegade …

    It will be a fun “race for first” in the AL East in the second half of this season between the Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox, with all battling it out for first and the wild card spot in the AL !!! … Like you said, “no matter who gets there this season, it will be earned totally” !!!
    As I’m watching the Yankees vs. Angels game tonight with the Yankees leading 5-1 in the top of the 5th, the results are already in on other games of AL East teams …
    * Red Sox 1, Royals 0
    * Rays 6, A’s 0
    * Jays 2, Orioles 0
    So, the Red Sox are now up a half game over the Yankees, until the Yanks finish their game tonight; and, the Rays stay 4.5 games behind the Sox !!! … The race is certainly heating up !!!
    Take care, Rays Renegade; Have a great night !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

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