Game 54: Yankees vs. Twins
The Yankees play the second of three games today against the Minnesota Twins, and it’s Masahiro Tanaka’s turn to take the ball. Minnesota is starting right-hander Kevin Correia. Joe Girardi was asked this morning what he has learned recently about Tanaka, who comes into this start 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA.
“I’ve talked about, he really knows how to make adjustments,” Girardi said. “He’s highly competitive and loves to be in this situation. I guess if you’d say anything we’ve learned, he can hit a little bit. He had some pretty decent swings over at Citi Field after the first swings we saw weren’t so good. He’s consistent, is what he is. And he gives you a chance to win every time he goes out there.”
Here are some quick hits from the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees play the second game of a three-game series vs. Minnesota at Yankee Stadium…are 9-6 over their last 15G since 5/14 with the Majors’ second-best team ERA over the stretch (2.78 ERA, 139.0IP, 43ER, 132H, 31BB, 139K).
DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 13-5 (.722) in day games this season, marking the second-best such winning pct. in the Majors (San Francisco, 15-5, .750)…are just 15-20 in night games in 2014…over the last four seasons, are a Major League- best 122-61 (.667) in day games.
TAKING IT FROM THE TOP: With starter Vidal Nuno allowing 4ER in Friday’s loss vs. Minnesota, Yankees starters had their streak of allowing 3ER or fewer in 14 straight games snapped…posted a 2.82 ERA (83.0IP, 26ER) over the stretch from 5/14-28, marking the fourth-lowest starters ERA in the Majors over that span…was the longest such streak by a Yankees starting staff since a 15-game streak from 6/14-7/1/09.
Here are today’s lineups:
Brian Dozier 2B
Kevin Correia RHP (2-6, 6.34)
Brett Gardner LF
Masahiro Tanaka RHP (7-1, 2.29)