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Game 152: Yankees vs. Twins

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

 Yankees lineup
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Andruw Jones LF
8. Jesus Montero DH
9. Russell Martin C
A.J. Burnett RHP

Twins lineup
1. Ben Revere CF
2. Trevor Plouffe SS
3. Michael Cuddyer RF
4. Chris Parmelee 1B
5. Danny Valencia DH
6. Brian Dinkleman 2B
7. Luke Hughes 3B
8. Joe Benson LF
9. Rene Rivera C
Scott Diamond LHP

Time/TV: 1:09/YES
Weather: Mostly sunny, 64
Umpires: John Hirschbeck HP, Scott Barry 1B, Vic Carapazza 2B, Brian Knight 3B

Magic numbers: The Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is five and their magic number to clinch the East is seven.
Rebounding: The Yankees were shut out yesterday in Toronto. Since the start of the 2008 season, their record in the following game after being shut out is 21-7. They have won the last four times.
Rainout reminder: This game is a makeup from back on April 6. The Yankees were 3-2 at the time. Now they’re 91-60.
Extra credit: Extra credit to anyone who is well versed on anyone in the Twins’ lineup besides Michael Cuddyer. Minnesota won’t get to participate this year in their tradition of losing to the Yankees in the first round. The Twins are last in the Central, at 59-92.

Update, 1:11: Burnett gives up a leadoff single to Ben Revere, who promptly steals second.

Update, 1:16: Burnett strands Revere at third.

Update, 1:22: Two-run homer for Granderson, No. 41. 2-0, just like that.

Update, 1:24: Teixeira singles, but A-Rod hits into a double play. Girardi said before the game he was encouraged how Rodriguez was swinging the bat. This is just the sixth major-league start and appearance for Diamond. He hasn’t faced the Yankees before.

Update, 1:34: Burnett gives up a single in the second, but strikes out the side. He’s being tough on these minor-league call-ups. Five of the starting nine for the Twins fall into that category.

Update, 1:42: Jesus Montero hits the ball very hard the other way. Single off the base of the fence in right-center, pushes Swisher, who singled, to third. And Martin singles to left for the 3-0 lead in the second. Five hits already for the Yankees.

Update, 1:55; Revere reaches on a one-out infield hit, swipes second to set a Minnesota rookie record with 32 steals and heads to third when Martin’s throw goes into center.

Update, 2:02: Burnett two more Ks to strand him. He’s struck out the side two straight innings, now 7 Ks.

Update, 2:03: Regis Philbin took over the PA booth for Paul Olden to intro A-Rod. Wonder if they’d let me or you do some intros, too. A-Rod walks. Cano triples him in, 4-0. They may not need Rivera for save 602 today the way this is going.

Update, 2:07: Swisher grounds an RBI single into left-center, 5-0.

Update, 2:19: Burnett has given up a solo homer to someone named Chris Parmelee (Double-A call-up), then singles to Valencia and Dinkelman to start the fourth.

Update, 2:29: Burnett hasn’t had one clean inning yet. Now bases loaded, two outs. Cory Wade warming.

Update, 2:32: Revere goes down swinging at a 92 mph fastball. So it remains 5-1.

Update, 2:42: Bases loaded, two outs for Swisher.

Update, 2:47: Swisher flies to center. Heading to the fifth.

Update, 2:52: Burnett is somehow getting beaten up by this lineup. Single, two-run homer, double to start the fifth. Three runs, nine hits. Girardi has seen enough, Wade coming on. Four-plus innings for Burnett.

Update, 3:02: 5-4 on a groundout by Luke Hughes. Run charged to Burnett.

Update, 3:14: Kyle Waldrop took over for Diamond and had a 1-2-3 fifth.

Update, 3:30: Logan gets out of the sixth. Now Jeter leads off with a bunt single, his third hit.

Update, 3:37: A-Rod RBI single, 6-4.

Update, 3:51: Soriano 1-2-3 seventh.

Update, 3:59: Would you believe the Red Sox lost again? 6-5 in the first of two vs. the Orioles. Yankees magic number is 4 to clinch a playoff berth and 6 to clinch the East at this moment.

Update, 4:10: The magic number for the playoff berth is still 5 at the moment, I’m told. Stand corrected, sorry. David Robertson throws a 1-2-3 eighth. So unless the Yankees break this open in their half, Rivera should be going for the record.

Update, 4:20: Swisher hits into a double play, fans cheer, here comes Rivera to try to set the record. 

Update, 4:30: Rivera sets the record, puts Twins down 1-2-3, Yankees win 6-4. 602 saves.

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