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Gameday Post #5: Minnesota Twins at Yankees
The Yankees were able to continue their run of success against the Minnesota Twins last night, improving to 31-6 at home (including playoffs) since 2002 with a 4-3 win. Ivan Nova pitched six effective innings and allowed three earned runs while striking out three, notching the third quality start by the Yankees this season. It wasn’t a loud night for the offense, but Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each knocked two-run homers to account for the Yankees offense. Once again the back end of the bullpen sealed the win as Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera shut down the Twins offense in the last three innings.
CC Sabathia will take the bump for the second time this season tonight as he goes up against left-hander Brian Duensing.
A.L. EAST STANDINGS
NEW YORK……..3-1 (1.0 GB)
Toronto………….2-1 (1.5 GB)
Boston……………0-3 (3.5 GB)
Tampa Bay………0-3 (3.5 GB)
DATE: Tuesday, April 5th
TV/RADIO: YES, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)
MIN: Brian Duensing (0-0, -.– ERA)
NYY: CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)
Brian Duensing (MIN): Duensing helped lead the Twins to the playoffs last season when he joined the rotation in late July and posted a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts down the stretch. He’s hoping to have similar success over a full season as a starter.
CC Sabathia (NYY): Sabathia makes his second turn in the rotation after drawing New York’s Opening Day start. The ace lefty didn’t face the Twins in the regular season last year but was a winner in Game 1 of the ALDS against Minnesota.
Derek Jeter: 0-4, K — 72 hits from 3,000
Mariano Rivera: 1 IP, H, K, SV — 38 saves from 600, 40 from all-time saves record