New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

Kelvin Reese
April 25, 2018

Minnesota will close out a nine-game road trip with the first of four matches at Yankee Stadium, while NY wraps up a 10-game homestand.

The Yankees and Twins will play game two of this four-game series in the Bronx.

While the Yankees scored their most runs in a game this season, Masahiro Tanaka (3-2) struck out five batters and allowed one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. During the span, Gregorius has hit.300 with two homers - including Monday's grand slam - and eight RBI.

Tyler Duffey had a rough first game back with the Twins.

Austin hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and a two-run home run off center fielder Ryan LaMarre in the eighth inning.

NY has been up and down this season though they did win three of four from the Blue Jays over the weekend.

It happened again here on a chilly Monday evening in a 14-1 loss to the Yankees, just as it did last October in the wild-card loss and in so many other forgettable games over the past decade and a half.

Marquez eases to victory yet again in Austin
A last-lap mistake from Miller allowed Rabat to mug his former teammate for eighth, while Espargaro completed the top 10. Marquez has won the Texas race five years in a row and Sunday will be the first time he doesn't start in pole position.

Rochester has dealt with numerous same weather problems that the Twins have in Minnesota this season. Through the first 16 games of the season, Gregorius hit.333 with five bombs and 16 RBI.

The good news is the Japanese has still found a way to pick up two wins, with NY averaging seven runs in those games compared to only 1.5 in the two losses. It was Sanchez's first home run since he hit a pair at Fenway Park on April 11. Aaron Hicks, continuing a theme of damage by ex-Twins on this road trip, followed with a loud single to right to score Sanchez. It was his 22nd homer clocked at 115 miles per hour or higher since Statcast began in 2016. Gregorius had three hits, raising his average to.347, and has homered in three straight games.

In better news for the fan, the Yankees would go on to destroy the Twins, 14-1. For now, it's the first that remains their bugaboo.

As mentioned, the Yankees boat-raced the Twins on Monday night. Brian Dozier went 0 for 4 after getting hits in Minnesota's first 17 games - 24 in a row dating to last season.

Instead of tossing an emotional gem, Odorizzi struggled from the outset, walking leadoff man Brett Gardner on four pitches. They have lost his last six Tuesday starts as well. With Gleyber Torres up yesterday, there will be a lot of learning in that infield, but with guys like Didi Gregoirus to help out, there is no question the hits will start coming.

Gary Sanchez threw out Eduardo Escobar trying to steal second for the final out of the fourth. And depending on how he pitches this time around with the Twins, it could be more than that. Their bullpen, including a position player and the since-demoted Gabriel Moya, has allowed 23 earned runs over 13 1/3 innings in that span for a 15.53 ERA.

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