|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )
|919||MINNESOTA||+185||Ov 8.5,-105||+187||Ov 8.5,-105|
|920||NY YANKEES||-200||Un 8.5,-115||-205||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-10||-1.4||9-8||4.1||0.252||0.314||5.3||0.286||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||2-5||2.9||0.205||0.254||4.7||0.280||0.368|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-31||-2.3||27-33||4.2||0.248||0.303||3.9||0.254||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||2-5||3.1||0.250||0.324||2.7||0.220||0.263|
|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)||4-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||8||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS Sabathia's first name in lede graf.)
*Twins-Yankees Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Minnesota (38-53) at New York (51-43), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees' winning streak against the Minnesota Twins came to an end Saturday, but CC Sabathia's unbeaten streak against Minnesota is still alive.
New York hopes Sabathia's dominance over Minnesota continues Sunday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia (9-7, 3.99 ERA) is 19-8 with a 2.95 ERA in 35 career regular and postseason starts against the Twins, tied for his most victories against any team. But he's been even more effective over the last 12, going 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA, including two playoff victories.
The left-hander most recently beat the Twins in a 3-2 road win July 3, striking out nine over seven innings while allowing two runs.
That was one of six straight victories by New York (51-43) over Minnesota, dating back to last season, until a 4-1 win by the Twins (38-53) on Saturday.
"That was needed," manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected in the eight inning after arguing a call at first base, said of the Twins' second victory in 14 games. "It's been a tough go here to get a win, so to see the guys smile again is very exciting."
The Twins had hit two home runs in their previous five games, but all four of the club's runs Saturday came on three homers off Phil Hughes. They'll hope for a similar effort against Sabathia, whose 20 homers allowed are among the most in baseball, though he's given up just six in his last 14 outings versus Minnesota.
Sabathia yielded two in a 3-1 loss to Kansas City on Tuesday, his second complete game of the year. He surrendered just one hit during the first five innings.
"It's frustrating. A loss is a loss no matter how many innings you throw, how many runs you give up," Sabathia told the team's official website. "If you lose the game, you lose the game and that's all that really matters."
Minnesota will counter with rookie Kyle Gibson (1-2, 7.27), who has struggled after a strong debut. He gave up two runs over six innings in a 6-2 victory over Kansas City on June 29, but has surrendered 12 runs in 11 1-3 innings over his past two starts.
All four runs he allowed in a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday came in the fourth inning, when he issued three of his four walks. The right-hander rebounded to retire six of the seven batters he faced in his final two frames.
"That was important after giving up the runs like that," Gardenhire said. "He was a little frustrated, the three walks in the inning."
Multiple Twins are still mired in significant offensive slumps despite Saturday's win, including Chris Parmelee and Justin Morneau. Parmelee was 0 for 3 to fall to 1 for 22 over his last seven games, while Morneau was 0 for 4 and is 5 for 43 in his last 12 contests.
Rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia got the day off after going hitless in 18 at-bats with 12 strikeouts in his previous four contests.
"He's got the starry eyes right now," Gardenhire said. "He's overwhelmed right now."
Even after Saturday's loss, New York has won 32 of the last 40 meetings, including the postseason.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:30:48 AM EST|