April 4, 2011

Yankees-Twins Series Preview: Better late than never

The Yankees host the Twins for four more at Yankee Stadium before heading up to Boston to wrap up the weekend. The Yankees have had their way with the Twins since 2002. Here’s an excerpt from Cliff Corcoran’s series preview:

The Twins have gone 16-45 (.262) against the Yankees since Ron Gardenhire took over as their manager in 2002. That doesn’t count their 2-12 record against the Bombers in postseason games, the component parts of four Division Series losses dating back to 2003. Add those games in, and Gardenhire’s overall record against New York drops to 18-57, a miserable .240 “winning” percentage over 75 games.

On the Hill:
Monday: Scott Baker vs. Ivan Nova
Tuesday: Brian Duensing vs. CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.00)
Wednesday: Carl Pavano (0-1, 15.75) vs. Freddy Garcia
Thursday: Francisco Liriano (0-1, 8.31) vs. A.J. Burnett (1-0, 5.40)

Players to Watch:
Jason Kubel: He’s got quite a history against the Yankees. In 113 career plate appearances, he’s clubbed five homers and driven in 20 runs.

Mark Teixeira: Three homers in three games. How long will he stay hot in a normally cold month?

History holds true. Yankees sweep and carry momentum into their series in Boston.

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