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Twins go for rare series win at Yankees
Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees
- Minnesota is 1-13 at Yankee Stadium since 2015, including a loss in the 2017 Wild Card Game. Including the playoffs, the Twins' eight-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium is currently the longest in baseball other than a nine-game skid by the Cubs which dates back to 1932.
- The Twins are coming off a 6-1 homestand during which their pitching staff posted a 2.57 ERA and a 5.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On the road this season, however, they have the majors' third-worst ERA at 5.65 and the worst K/BB ratio at 1.56.
- The Yankees entered this week having won nine of 10 while averaging 6.8 runs per game, but they were held to a combined three runs while getting swept in a two-game set in Arizona. New York enters Friday looking to avoid being held under three runs in three straight games for the first time since August 2017.
- Marwin Gonzalez broke out of a 2-for-28 slump on Thursday with two hits, including just his fourth extra-base hit this season. He's on pace to finish with less than half his average of extra-base hits from the previous three seasons with Houston (47.7).
- Luke Voit has reached safely in 41 consecutive games going back to last season; the next-longest active streak in baseball is Mike Trout's run of 29 games. Voit is the first Yankee to reach base in the first 30 games of a season since Derek Jeter did so in the first 53 games in 1999.
- Eddie Rosario is 0-for-21 in his last six games, easily the longest drought of his career. That also matches the longest stretch of games he's gone this season without a home run. Rosario is a career .118 hitter at Yankee Stadium (4-for-34).
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Historically, wins are difficult for the Minnesota Twins to attain at Yankee Stadium.
On Sunday, the Twins have a chance for a rare series win against the Yankees in New York when they conclude a three-game series.
The Twins are in position to get their first series win at Yankee Stadium since May 30-June 1, 2014, after evening the series with a 7-3 victory on Saturday. They rebounded from Friday's 6-3 loss by snapping an eight-game regular-season losing streak in New York when Mitch Garver, C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz homered while Jonathan Schoop added an RBI single.
Schoop, Cron and Cruz are in their first seasons with the Twins and have hardly endured some of the losses in New York. The Twins are 10-26 in the current Yankee Stadium, but at 20-11 they are off to their best 31-game start since the 2010 season (also 20-11), a year which ended with a loss to the Yankees in New York in the Division Series.
"We're pretty unfazed by a lot of this stuff," Twins starter Jake Odorizzi said Saturday. "So you can have a clunker and then you come back and play a really good game in a tough place to play. Historically, we haven't played too well here, before my time and even last year. So, it's good to finally get that win that we've been searching for, I think, three years -- whatever it's been, three or four years. Tomorrow's another day, we need to get another one, win the series."
If the Twins are going to get their third series win at the current Yankee Stadium, they will have to wait at least three hours for the first pitch. The game was projected to start at 1:05 pm ET but was pushed back to 4:05 ET because of expected heavy rains.
The Yankees head into Sunday with 12 wins in their last 17 games and will be trying to avert consecutive home losses to the Twins for the first time since July 13-14, 2013.
Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez homered and has five of his 11 homers since returning April 23 with a calf injury. Miguel Andujar started at third base Saturday after missing 28 games with a right shoulder injury.
"I'm feeling good right now," Sánchez said through an interpreter. "It's about making adjustments, and I've been able to do that, staying away from swinging at bad pitches. I'm looking to keep the consistency going."
Andujar went 1-for-3 and made two errors at third but with the strong possibility of a wet field, he may be the designated hitter Sunday.
New York's Domingo German will attempt to join Tampa Bay's Tyler Glasnow as the second six-game winner in the majors when he pitches Sunday. He improved to 5-1 last Sunday when he allowed four runs on five hits over six innings in an 11-5 victory at San Francisco.
Michael Pineda will start for the Twins and is coming off three straight rocky outings that have raised his ERA from 3.00 to 6.21. He allowed five runs in five innings in an 11-0 loss to Houston and has allowed 15 runs in his last three outings.
Pineda pitched for the Yankees from 2014 to 2017 and was 31-31 with a 4.16 ERA in 89 starts. He had his time with the Yankees cut short by undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017 and is pitching at Yankee Stadium for the first time since July 5, 2017.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 5, 2019