|MINNESOTA ( DEDUNO )|
NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )
|965||MINNESOTA||+150||Ov 8.5,-120||+135||Ov 8.5,-105|
|966||NY YANKEES||-160||Un 8.5,+100||-145||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-43||-4.3||31-40||4.0||0.243||0.311||4.5||0.282||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.2||2-5||3.1||0.208||0.257||4.6||0.268||0.360|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-30||-0.9||27-32||4.2||0.248||0.303||3.9||0.255||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||2-4||3.7||0.263||0.339||2.7||0.237||0.272|
|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)||0-2||L||160||8.5 un||U||8||10||0||6||8||0|
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ 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* =======================
Minnesota (37-52) at New York (50-42), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees are 5-0 against the Minnesota Twins so it's probably not a surprise that Phil Hughes' lone victory over his last five outings came in the season series.
Hughes will look to end a career-worst five-game home slide and outduel Samuel Deduno for the second time this month Saturday.
New York (51-42) is 9-8 in its last 17 games, with the majority of its victories in that span against Minnesota. The Yankees swept four on the road from the Twins (37-53) from July 1-4.
Hughes (4-8, 4.55 ERA) earned a 7-3 victory July 2 as he yielded one run over seven innings to improve to 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA in six career starts against Minnesota, including one playoff outing.
Deduno (4-4, 3.90) will oppose Hughes once again after giving up three runs in six innings in his second career start against the Yankees. He exited the first one Sept. 26 after recording five outs due to irritation in his left eye.
Hughes, meanwhile, has posted an 8.22 ERA in losing his last five starts in the Bronx. He gave up two runs over four innings Monday in an outing cut short by a rain delay - a 5-1 home defeat to Kansas City.
The right-hander, who went 11-4 with a 3.74 ERA at home in 2012, has fared well against Twins stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Including the postseason, Mauer is 5 for 20 against him and Morneau 2 for 13.
Deduno is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five road outings compared to 3-1 with a 2.33 mark at home. The right-hander seeks to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time after giving up five runs and a season-high 10 hits over six-plus innings Monday in a 7-4 loss at Tampa Bay.
Minnesota fell to 7-31 at New York since 2002 with a 2-0 loss Friday to open this three-game set.
The punchless Twins have dropped six straight and 12 of 13, and are averaging 3.0 runs in July for the AL's worst mark. They were hitless in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position Friday.
"We had opportunities and we put men out there just didn't come up with any big hits again, kinda what our storyline's been," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Get them out there and missed opportunities."
Robinson Cano had an RBI single in a two-run fifth inning. He's 8 for 17 with three homers and 10 RBIs in the season series and 1 for 4 in his career against Deduno - his teammate with the title-winning Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic this year.
Mauer and Morneau have done minimal damage by combining for five RBIs in the five meetings.
The injury-plagued Yankees decided Friday that Derek Jeter would not play the rest of the weekend after the shortstop strained his right quadriceps in his third at-bat Thursday in his season debut.
New York has also played its last two games without Travis Hafner, who is out with a left foot contusion although there's a chance he could see action Saturday.
"This group has been pretty good about moving on," manager Joe Girardi said.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:45:56 PM EST|