Ichiro Suzuki CF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Luis Cruz SS
Alberto Gonzalez 3B
Austin Romine C
RHP David Phelps (5-5, 4.95)
Phelps vs. Twins
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer C
Oswaldo Arcia LF
Justin Morneau DH
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Aaron Hicks CF
Clete Thomas RF
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP Kyle Gibson (1-0, 3.00)
Gibson has never faced the Yankees
TIME/TV: 2:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Warm and sunny. Good day for some Fourth of July baseball.
UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Jim Joyce, 2B Cory Blaser, 3B Jeff Nelson
HOLIDAY WITH THE TWINS: The Yankees are playing the Twins on July 4th for the seventh time since the Twins franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961. In six previous Independence Day games vs. the Twins, the Yankees have gone 3-3, sweeping a doubleheader at the original Yankee Stadium in 1964 (7-5 and 2-1); losing a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium (3-8 and 6-7); winning, 3-2, in 1985 at the original Yankee Stadium; and losing, 2-6, at home in 2007.
FIREWORKS: The Yankees are playing on the road on the Fourth of July for the third straight year, the first time they have done that in three consecutive seasons since 1988-90. They are 29-27 on the Fourth of July in the Expansion Era (since 1961) and have lost three of their last four road games on the Fourth of July and seven of their last 10.
HOW SWEEP IT IS: Today, the Yankees will look to complete their sixth sweep of the season and second of at least four games (swept a four-game set vs. Toronto in April) They are looking to sweep the Twins in a series of at least four games for the first time since May 15-18, 2009 at Yankee Stadium and the first time in Minnesota since April 18-21, 2003.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Two-run single by Vernon Wells. Girardi is a genius!
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: So far, Phelps is much better than last time. Only needs one more out to match his distance in his previous start, and this time there are no Twins runs on the board!
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: So Vernon Wells just blooped in a run, then Luis Cruz got an RBI single. The Yankees are up 5-0 early this afternoon.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: If you thought that four-run sixth was the end of this Yankees outburst, hang on tight because Hafner just led off the seventh with a double and here’s two-hit Vernon Wells.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: Phelps outing took a little bit of a turn here in the seventh. Chamberlain couldn’t help. Now Logan is coming in to face Mauer with one out and runners at the corners. The Twins have cut the lead to 9-3.