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Game 45: Yankees at Twins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (26-18)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Juan Miranda 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Kevin Russo LF

RHP A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.86 ERA)
Career vs. Twins

TWINS (26-18)
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Kubel DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Brendan Harris 3B

RHP Scott Baker (4-4, 4.88)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m. / MY9

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Brian O”Nora, 2B Scott Barry, 3B Phil Cuzzi

WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but it’s a nice and warm night here in Minneapolis. If the weather were always like this, I’m sure this would be a great city to live in, but I’m not convinced I could handle the winters.

MAY DAY: Nick Swisher his batting .361 with 16 runs, five home runs and 13 RBI through 18 games this month. In his past two Mays combined, Swisher hit .164 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 54 games.

BAT OFF THE BENCH: Don’t discount the value of Marcus Thames on the Yankees bench. Thames is 9-for-29 with four home runs in his career against Twins starter Baker. He’s the only Yankees with more than 12 career at-bats against Baker.

WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: Yankees starter A.J. Burnett has had little success against Joe Mauer — .467/.556/.733 in 15 at-bats — but he’s been terrific against Michael Cuddyer, who’s hit just .125/.222/.188 in 15 at-bats.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Double plays in both the first and second inning have kept the Yankees off the board, but so far A.J. Burnett has been able to keep the game scoreless by stranding a runner in scoring position each of the first two innings.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: The crowd here at Target Field seemed to think that ball by Morneau was leaving the park, but Swisher caught it on the track to end the third inning. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Remember when I was raving about the weather? Now it’s raining pretty hard. The crowd is running for cover and the scouts have moved into the press box. Might have a rain delay in our future.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: There is a squirrel loose on the field, and the crowd is chanting, “Let’s go Squir-rel!”

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Brutal. The Yankees had two on and no outs with the heart of the order up, but Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano couldn’t so much as move the lead runner to third.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Good thing Good A.J. showed up. He’s keeping the Yankees in this thing.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Burnett had retired nine in a row before a two-out bunt single by Span in the fifth inning.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: After Burnett struck out Orlando Hudson to end the fifth with Span stranded at second base, we’re all lucky enough to be here for Target Field’s first rain delay. The tarp is apparently sponsored by Chevy. Seriously.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Must not be expecting this to last long. The Yankees are staying in the dugout.

UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: The last time the Twins had a rain delay at home: September 26, 1981 against Texas. It was a 48 minute delay in front of 4,959 people.

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: No announcement from the Twins regarding a possible start time, but it’s still raining and there’s been some thunder and lightning.

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