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Game 93: Yankees vs. Twins

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YANKEES (50-42)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Luis Cruz 3B
Chris Stewart C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.77)
Kuroda vs. Twins [2]

TWINS (37-52)
Brian Dozier 2B
Chris Parmelee RF
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit DH
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Oswaldo Arcia LF
Aaron Hicks CF
Pedro Florimon SS

LHP Scott Diamond (5-8, 5.52)
Diamond vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: The tarp came off the field about an hour ago. Still cloudy though. Could be some rain in our future.

UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Vic Carapazza, 2B Gary Cederstrom, 3B Kerwin Danley

CAPTAIN SPEAKS: The Yankees issued this statement from Derek Jeter: “It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team yesterday. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”

50’s GRAND: With their win on Thursday, the Yankees reached the 50-win plateau prior to the All-Star break for the 13th time in the last 16 seasons (since 1998) and the sixth straight season (since 2008).

CRAZY EIGHTS: The Yankees have scored eight runs in each of their last two games. It marks their first time with at least eight runs in consecutive home games since September 22-24, 2011. Prior to Wednesday’s win against Kansas City, the Yankees had not scored more than seven runs in a game at Yankee Stadium this season.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: A few singles off Kuroda, but he’s through two innings without any damage. Still not too happy about this weather situation. Has two-hour delay written all over it.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Another inning of trouble and another escape act by Kuroda. Still scoreless heading into the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: You’d think this game would be in the sixth inning by now, but it’s moving at a snail’s pace through three scoreless. There’s a steady rain falling, but so far it doesn’t seem nearly hard enough for the tarp. Fingers crossed.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Another inning, another runner stranded by Kuroda.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Well, this is pretty brutal. Rain delay in the bottom of the fourth. Kuroda has been plenty effective, despite plenty of base runners. He’s at 72 pitches through four.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Game scheduled to restart at 9:55.

UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Kuroda back out even after the delay. Wouldn’t be shocked to learn he threw an “inning” of 15 pitches or so inside to stay loose. Would limit his pitch count, but at least the Yankees get to stick with him.

UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Two more base runners. Another scoreless inning for Kuroda.

UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Looks like Claiborne getting loose in the Yankees bullpen.

UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Big hit for Gardner, and a gutsy decision by Thomson to send Cruz. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead. Kuroda in line for the win even if he doesn’t come back out for the sixth. I know wins don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but players still care about them. The Yankees will feel good about themselves if they’re able to get Kuroda a W.

UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: Didn’t make it look pretty, but that’s a huge series of strikeouts for Logan.