Game 55: Yankees vs. Twins
The Yankees and Twins will conclude their three-game series this afternoon in the Bronx, with Chase Whitley making the start for New York. Old friend Phil Hughes has the ball for Minnesota.
Here are some Sunday morning notes, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department:
DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 14-5 (.737) in day games this season, marking the best such winning pct. in the Majors…are just 15-20 in night games in 2014…over the last four seasons, are a Major League-best 123-61 (.668) in day games… the Majors’ second-best such record over that stretch is Detroit’s (121-88, .579).
YOUNG GUNS: The Yankees are 16-6 in games started by rookie pitchers (Tanaka, 9-2; Nuno, 4-4; Whitley, 3-0), including 11-1 on the road (Tanaka, 5-1; Nuno, 3-0; Whitley, 3-0)…are 5-1 in their last six games started by a rookie…Yankees rookie starters have a cumulative 2.91 ERA (136.0IP, 44ER).
POWER BULLPEN: The Yankees bullpen leads the Majors with 206K… has allowed 11.84 baserunners per 9.0IP, the fourth-best mark in the AL…is holding opponents to a .199 batting average (36-for-181) in 15G since 5/15, which is the second-lowest mark in the AL over that span (Houston-.194).
And now here are the lineups:
Brian Dozier 2B
Phil Hughes RHP (5-1, 3.23)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Whitley RHP (0-0, 2.57)