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Gameday Post #4: Minnesota Twins at Yankees

There would be no opening series sweep as the Tigers dismantled the Yankees on Sunday 10-7. Phil Hughes was shaky in his first start of the season, lasting just four innings and allowing five earned runs including two 2-run HRs from Miguel Cabrera. The offense did its part in keeping the team in the game, however. Jorge Posada tallied two home runs and four RBIs off of Detroit starter Max Scherzer, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano also added solo home runs of their own, and Nick Swisher added three hits of his own. But the 12-hit attack was not enough to carry out the sweep.

After winning one of the final two rotation slots in spring training, Ivan Nova will make his season debut tonight for the Yankees. He will go up against Scott Baker, making his first start of the season for the Twins.

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A.L. EAST STANDINGS

Baltimore……….3-0

NEW YORK……..2-1 (1.0 GB)

Toronto………….2-1 (1.0 GB)

Boston……………0-3 (3.0 GB)

Tampa Bay………0-3 (3.0 GB)

DATE: Monday, April 4th

TIME: 7:05pm

TV/RADIO: YES, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)

PITCHING PROBABLES

MIN: Scott Baker (0-0, -.– ERA)

NYY: Ivan Nova (0-0, -.– ERA)

PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Scott Baker (MIN): Baker was the Twins’ Opening Day starter a year ago but came into camp battling Kevin Slowey for the final spot in the rotation. He won the job with an impressive spring and is looking to stay healthy this year.

Baker vs. Yankees

Ivan Nova (NYY): Nova won the fourth starter’s slot after posting a 1.80 ERA in 20 spring innings. He appeared in 10 games (seven starts) last year for New York, and going deeper into games is a focus for the promising right-hander.

Nova vs. Twins

LINEUPS

Twins (1-2)

Span CF

Nishioka 2B

Mauer C

Morneau 1B

Young LF

Thome DH

Kubel RF

Valencia 3B

Casilla SS

Yankees (2-1)

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Swisher RF

Posada DH

Granderson CF

Martin C

MILESTONE TRACKER

Derek Jeter: 0-4, BB — 72 hits from 3,000

Mariano Rivera: DNP — 39 saves from 600, 41 from all-time saves record

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