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Game 153: Yankees at Twins

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (88-64)
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B

LHP Andy Pettitte (4-3, 2.97)
Pettitte vs. Twins

TWINS (64-89)
Denard Span CF
Ben Revere RF
Joe Mauer 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau DH
Ryan Doumit C
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Jamey Carroll 2B
Pedro Florimon SS

RHP Liam Hendriks (1-7, 5.88)
Hendriks vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: After a cold weekend, it’s warming up again here in Minneapolis. Temperatures in the 70s, dipping into the low 60s.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Doug Eddings, 3B Kerwin Danley

TWIN KILLING: Andy Pettitte is undefeated in his past 11 starts against Minnesota (regular season and postseason combined) dating back to May 2001. In that time he’s gone 9-0 with a 2.74 ERA. In his past 16 regular-season and postseason starts against Minnesota since 1999, Pettitte is 12-1 with a 2.51 ERA, holding the Twins to three earned runs or less in all but three of those outings.

WRAPPING UP: Beginning tonight, the Yankees play their final 10 games against Minnesota, Toronto and Boston – who are a combined 60 games below .500 and own three of the four lowest winning percentages in the American League.

NO FREE PASSES: The Yankees have issued an American League-low 402 walks this season. Only Philadelphia (385) and Arizona (391) have walked fewer batters. The Yankees are on pace for their fewest walks allowed since 2003 (when they walked 375).

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: It’s Cano, so you expect more than an RBI 6-3, but the routine grounder does give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Two-run homer by Swisher and the lead is up to 3-0 before Pettitte’s thrown a single pitch. That’s Swisher’s 23rd of the year.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Looked like Cano broke for first base immediately, but he wasn’t at the bag when Swisher turned to throw. If Swisher made the throw, it might have been a close play, but I’m not sure Cano could have beaten Revere to the bag anyway.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Big strikeout and a groundball to get Pettitte out of trouble in the bottom of the first. Yankees still in front 3-0.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Big fourth inning for Granderson. Goes deep in the top half, throws out Doumit at the plate in the bottom half. Big fist pump from Pettitte and it’s a 4-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Pettitte is at 88 pitches through six scoreless innings. That might be all from him, and if so, he’s done his part.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Ibanez goes deep to make it 5-0. Ibanez is starting to hit again.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Chamberlain coming in to pitch the seventh. A Chavez homer in the top of the inning has pushed the lead to 6-0.




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