Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C
David Adams 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (3-7, 4.82)
Hughes vs. Twins
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer C
Ryan Doumit DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Oswaldo Arcia LF
Chris Parmelee RF
Aaron Hicks CF
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP Samuel Deduno (4-2, 3.32)
Deduno vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s Minneapolis in July. Weather is pretty perfect up here. Blue sky. Very slight breeze.
UMPIRES: HP Cory Blaser, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Ed Hickox, 3B Jim Joyce
LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: After last night, Andy Pettitte is the all-time Yankees leader in strikeouts. According to Elias, the only other pitcher who leads his current team in career strikeouts is the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco.
RIPPIN’ ROBBIE: Robinson Cano has combined to go 10-for-17 (.588) with seven runs, one double, three homers and five RBI through the first four games of this road trip with four consecutive multi-hit games. He has homered in consecutive games for the third time this season. He has all three of the Yankees’ multi-homer games this season, matching his career-high total from all of last year. He now leads the team with 19 homers, and with his next home run will reach the 20-homer plateau for the fifth straight season, breaking a tie with Alfonso Soriano, Bret Boone and Lou Whitaker (each with four) for the second-most such seasons ever for an A.L. second baseman behind only Joe Gordon (7).
ZOILO ALMIGHTY: Zoilo Almonte has now hit safely in eight of his 12 career games and seven of his 10 starts. He recorded his third career multi-hit game last night and second three-hit game (also June 21 vs. Tampa Bay in his first career start). He is the first Yankee to record at least two three-hit games in his first 12 career games since Robinson Cano, and just the fifth since 1950 (also Steve Whitaker, Tony Kubek and Elston Howard).
RODRIGUEZ’S REHAB: Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 in his first rehab game with Charleston. He struck out once and hit into a double play. Two players for Rome — the Braves Low-A team — reached on bunt singles hit his direction. So, you know, not ideal but also not particularly meaningful.
TRIBUTE: The Twins presented Mariano Rivera with a rocking chair made of broken bats, including one of Joe Mauer’s, Justin Morneau’s and Kirby Puckett’s. They also made a $10,000 donation to his foundation.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: The Yankees having done much of anything against Deduno. A couple of 1-2-3 innings so far.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Yankees being no-hit through three innings. So those last two innings last night might not have magically fixed this offense after all.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: What do you think? The Hicks double is 10 rows deep at Yankee Stadium?
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: The Yankees have their first inning one half inning after the Twins scored their first run. It’s a 1-0 Twins lead, Yankees have two on with one out for Hafner.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Alberto Gonzalez! There’s a two-run double for the light-hitting utility infielder, and that’s enough to put the Yankees in front 2-1 in the fifth. Bottom of the order just gave the Yankees a boost.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Player of the Game Alberto Gonzalez? That was a heckuva play.