Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Luis Cruz SS
David Adams 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (8-6, 4.15)
Sabathia vs. Twins
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Ryan Doumit C
Justin Morneau 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Oswaldo Arcia LF
Aaron Hicks CF
Clete Thomas RF
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.03)
Walters vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another gorgeous night. Perfectly comfortable conditions here in Minneapolis.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Jim Joyce, 3B Cory Blaser
UP THE RANKS: According to Elias, CC Sabathia is looking to become the 27th pitcher in MLB history — and just the eighth during the Expansion Era (since 1961) — to get his 200th win before his 33rd birthday (also Don Drysdale, Catfish Hunter, Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Juan Marichal, Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver).
GO CANO: Robinson Cano has five straight games with at least one run and two hits, tying the longest such single-season streak by a Yankee over the last six seasons: also Derek Jeter (in 2010) and Eric Chavez (in 2012). That’s according to Elias.
ON TOP OF THE MIDDLE: The Yankees have won 12 of their last 13 games against the AL Central. They have gone a combined 103-55 (.652) vs. the AL Central over the last five years, the highest winning percentage for any AL team against the division.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Uneventful game so far, but David Adams just took a one-out walk in the third. His at-bats have been quite a bit better ever since he got that first walk out of the way. Not necessarily crushing the ball lately, but he at least looks like he has a fighting chance again. That wasn’t really the case a few weeks ago.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: I know this isn’t exactly analysis, but Joe Mauer is just a really good hitter. He just lined a double to left center to score a run and put the Twins in front in the bottom of the third. He’s hitting .319.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Cruz in 2013 looking like Nunez in 2012.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Sabathia gets the strikeout to pitch around the error. Still a 1-0 Twins lead at the end of three.
UPDATE,9:41 p.m.: Two-out homer for Plouffe. Gardner seemed to not have a great read on where it was going to end up. Got turned around a little bit at the end.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Cano is insanely hot right now, and the Yankees offense actually seems to have a fighting chance right now. Cano just doubled in two runs to tie the game and put the go-ahead run at second base with no outs.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Sac fly puts the Yankees in front.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Cano with a nice turn at second base to get a double play that ends the sixth.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Wasn’t sure Sabathia was make it beyond the fifth inning, but he just pitched through the seventh with a one-run lead intact.