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:

TWINS (25-28)

Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Josh Willingham DH
Jason Kubel LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Eduardo Escobar SS
Aaron Hicks CF

Phil Hughes RHP (5-1, 3.23)

YANKEES (29-25)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Zoilo Almonte DH

Chase Whitley RHP (0-0, 2.57)


Geez, what a fiasco. What can I say that I’ve not already said umpteen times. This team is very average, defensively and offensively. Didn’t see the game today but heard on the radio the Yankees winning 2-1 going into the 9th with Robertson pitching. Well, I said, sounds like they’re going to squeak out another win. Then a few minutes later it was 3-2, then5-2, then 7-2 all in the 9th inning. What the hell was Robertson doing? Man, do we miss Mo. Robertson took over 30 pitches in the last game to close it out. Was he tired today? Young guy, should be ready for 2 days in a row whatever the pitch count. Obviously not. And again, where’s the friggin offense.Paying millions of dollars for what? I’m here in Toronto and suffering the party atmosphere with media and fans cheering on their Blue Jays who have won 9 games in a row, then lost 2, but won again today and now 3 1/2 up on the Yankees. They’re euphoric. Jays are red hot and killing us in every category. We’re cool if not ice cold. With all the money we spent this is going to be a long summer for Yankee fans. We are in serious trouble and it’s not our starting pitching really. Nuno, Phelps and Whitley have been doing pretty well filling in for the injured starters. It’s the closer this time and our bull pen and our weak, anemic offense that’s killing us.


Yanks with no offense to speak of need to bunt. Something wrong with them.Not one player is amongst the leaders in the league offensively with the exception of Ellsbury with fifteen stolen bases. Kudos to Cashman for building this high priced team,


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