|MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )|
NY YANKEES ( KURODA )
|919||MINNESOTA||+187||Ov 8.5,-110||+170||Ov 8.5,+110|
|920||NY YANKEES||-205||Un 8.5,-110||-180||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-42||-3.3||31-39||4.1||0.243||0.311||4.6||0.283||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.2||2-5||3.1||0.205||0.248||4.9||0.280||0.361|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-12||+4.5||9-17||3.4||0.230||0.298||4.0||0.255||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||2-4||3.9||0.260||0.337||3.0||0.222||0.256|
|6/28/2013||WALTERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-9||L||+125||8 ov||O||10||9||0||11||2||0|
|6/29/2013||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||6-2||W||-115||8.5 un||U||9||5||0||10||9||0|
|6/30/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||8-9||L||+100||8 ov||O||9||9||0||13||6||2|
|7/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-10||L||+110||8 un||O||8||9||2||14||8||1|
|7/2/2013||DEDUNO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-7||L||-110||8.5 un||O||9||9||1||10||4||0|
|7/3/2013||WALTERS(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-3||L||+155||8 un||U||8||9||0||4||4||1|
|7/4/2013||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||5-9||L||-125||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||13||4||0|
|7/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||0-4||L||165||9 un||U||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|7/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-0||W||185||9 ov||U||7||3||1||4||4||0|
|7/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||5-11||L||155||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||13||8||2|
|7/8/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-7||L||150||8.5 un||O||10||7||1||12||6||0|
|7/9/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-4||L||160||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||5||4||1|
|7/10/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||180||8 un||U||12||9||1||12||15||0|
|7/11/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||3-4||L||205||8 un||U||4||4||0||10||6||0|
|7/12/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/28/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||MCFARLAND(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ev||U||11||9||1||5||2||0|
|6/29/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)||3-11||L||125||9 un||O||11||10||0||15||5||1|
|6/30/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||2-4||L||120||8.5 un||U||6||8||0||8||4||0|
|7/1/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||10-4||W||-120||8 un||O||14||8||1||8||9||2|
|7/2/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||7-3||W||100||8.5 un||O||10||4||0||9||9||1|
|7/3/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||3-2||W||-165||8 un||U||4||4||1||8||9||0|
|7/4/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||9-5||W||115||8.5 un||O||13||4||0||11||7||0|
|7/8/2013||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-5||L||-145||9 ov||U||9||10||1||10||9||0|
|7/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-3||L||-145||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|7/10/2013||NOVA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||8-1||W||-140||8.5 un||O||9||4||0||6||7||0|
|7/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||8-4||W||-115||8 un||O||11||6||2||10||9||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|NY YANKEES: HITTING: Despite his decline from mediocrity into downright counter-productivity, SS DEREK JETER gets to hit atop the best lineup in baseball. Off an MVP-caliber season, OF CURTIS GRANDERSON is a true star. His average is mediocre, but his power is elite and the Yankees are letting him run when on base. After two years with a sub-.260 average, 1B MARK TEIXEIRA's talent seems to be fading. He still puts up huge power numbers playing in a bandbox. Coming off knee and thumb injuries, 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ is a serious injury risk hitting in the middle of this lineup. 2B ROBINSON CANO will once again see as many RBI chances as anyone. He's been great in those situations the past two seasons. OFs NICK SWISHER and BRETT GARDNER offer power and SBs, respectively, though the Yankees may look to upgrade if they continue to post lackluster numbers. C RUSSELL MARTIN will get plenty of playing time now that Jesus Montero is in Seattle. Veteran slugger RAUL IBANEZ is the new DH in town, and will love hitting towards the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium. |
STARTING PITCHING: CC SABATHIA struggled late last year and has logged a ridiculous number of innings over the past five years. He's a top-10 starter in the majors, but is starting to pass his prime. Newcomers HIROKI KURODA and MICHAEL PINEDA will both stabilize what was a shaky rotation last year. Kuroda, 37, posted a 3.07 ERA with the Dodgers and the 23-year-old Pineda has unlimited upside, fanning 173 batters in 171 innings with Seattle last season. IVAN NOVA benefitted from nearly nine runs of support per game. He keeps the ball down often enough to thrive in the Bronx, just without many strikeouts. PHIL HUGHES' stuff has regressed greatly since his days as a top prospect. He's trying to overcome conditioning problems this offseason. MANNY BANUELOS and DELLIN BETANCES are great prospects who may get a chance to start MLB games later this season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Trust MARIANO RIVERA to stay dominant until proven wrong. He was better in 2011 than he was in 2010 despite some velocity slippage. DAVID ROBERTSON has a firm hold on eighth-inning duties after an All-Star season. He's second in line for saves. RAFAEL SORIANO wasn't a total bust, as he did just fine after a rough April. He's settled into the seventh-inning role since Robertson is more trusted that he is. After Tommy John surgery, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN is aiming to be back this June. Middle reliever CORY WADE was reliable last year, and has a chance to rack up some vulture wins if he keeps going strong.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Yankees Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (37-51) at New York (49-42), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Derek Jeter donned his customary pinstripes for the first time in nine months and immediately contributed to a New York Yankees offense that seems rejuvenated after a short slump.
The captain's solid history at the plate against Minnesota may be an indication that will continue as New York seeks a fifth straight victory over the struggling Twins on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Jeter fractured his left ankle in Game 1 of the AL championship series against Detroit on Oct. 13. After an arduous rehabilitation process that included a setback in April when he fractured the ankle again, he had an infield single on the first pitch he saw and added an RBI groundout while making his season debut as the designated hitter in Thursday's 8-4 win over Kansas City.
"I was nervous going into the game," Jeter said.
He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning because of a tight right quadriceps, but that shouldn't keep him out of the lineup Friday.
"Jete thinks he'll be ready to play," manager Joe Girardi said.
Neither Girardi nor Jeter believe the minor injury was from rushing back too quickly.
"I think Derek would run himself out there the next 70 games if it was up to him," Girardi said. "I mean, that's just who he is. He expects to play every day. So from that standpoint I think we have to guard against rushing him back too much, and we have to pick days off, and we have to pick DH days.
"In the perfect world, you have a month of spring training, but this has not been a perfect world around here this year."
The Yankees (50-42) scored eight times for the second straight game after finishing with one run in losing each of their previous three. They'll look to continue their hot hitting with the help of Jeter, who is batting .326, including the postseason, in his career versus Minnesota and .351 in the Bronx.
New York did just fine without him, though, the last time it faced the Twins, scoring 29 runs in a four-game sweep July 1-4. It has won seven of the last eight meetings with Minnesota, which will try to avoid a sixth straight defeat after falling 4-3 to Tampa Bay on Thursday.
The Twins (37-52) were no-hit until the sixth and finished with just four while losing for the 11th time in 12 tries.
"We've still got to put the ball in play better than we did the last couple of days, and that really affected the outcomes of games (during the four-game sweep)," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Minnesota will try to bounce back against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.77 ERA), who has pitched at least seven innings without allowing a run five times. The right-hander gave up three hits in seven scoreless innings before Mariano Rivera allowed a two-run, ninth-inning homer to Adam Jones in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
It was the second time in those five outings Kuroda lost a potential victory due to a blown save by Rivera.
Kuroda will be opposed by Scott Diamond (5-8, 5.52), who had one of his better outings July 1 when he gave up three runs while striking out five in 6 2-3 innings before Minnesota fell 10-4 to the Yankees.
Things didn't go so well for him Sunday, when he allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings of an 11-5 loss to Toronto. The left-hander allowed three homers and has given up eight over his last four starts after permitting seven through his first 12.
Diamond is 1-4 with a 7.03 ERA over his last six outings.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:11:44 PM EST|