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Minnesota1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 7121
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  W: H. Robles (2-2)   L: A. Chapman (4-1)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 10, 2021
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 17,728

Yankees look to continue power parade vs. Twins

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Yankees have won the season series from the Twins in each of the past 13 seasons in which they met (2007 to 2019). The teams last split in 2006; the Twins last won the season series in 2001.
  2. The Yankees are 14-21 against division foes this season and 17-8 in all other games. They have allowed 4.2 runs per game against A.L. East teams and 3.2 per game against all other clubs.
  3. The Twins failed to hit a home run on Sunday, ending their 16-game home-run streak, which tied the longest in the major leagues this season (Braves, May 7-23).
  4. Nick Gordon is the first Twins player to have at least eight hits and three stolen bases in his first six games in the major leagues, since the team moved to Minnesota in 1961.
  5. Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .161 at Target Field, tied (with Comerica Park) for his lowest batting average at any stadium at which he has 25 or more at-bats.
  6. Jordan Montgomery allowed four home runs in his first three starts this season, but only three homers over his last eight starts. Michael Pineda allowed five runs to the Pirates at Target Field on April 24 but he's allowed six runs in his five other home starts this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2021 thru 6/10/2021

Minnesota left-hander J.A. Happ will try to cool down the suddenly hot bats of the New York Yankees as the Twins look to avoid a three-game series sweep Thursday night in Minneapolis.

New York arrived in Minnesota on a four-game losing streak and near the bottom of most major offensive categories in the major leagues, ranking 26th in batting average (.228), 29th in extra-base hits (139) and 27th in average runs scored (3.7 per game). But the Yankees have scored 17 runs on 29 hits, including six homers and seven doubles, in winning the first two games of the series.

New York had four home runs, including two by Giancarlo Stanton, and five doubles in a 9-6 win on Wednesday night.

"A lot of good hitters who have worked really hard," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said when asked about his team's offensive resurgence. "It's no secret it hasn't been easy but I don't think any of us or any of them have ever stopped believing in what they're capable of doing. Of course we still have a long way to go but it's great to see these guys working hard and preparing and getting some really good results. The last few days I feel the at-bats have been really good."

"We know that's what we can do day-in and day-out," Stanton said after finishing with five RBIs in Wednesday's game. "It's a matter of putting it together, not in spurts, but grinding it out and getting close wins. ... We just keep punching."

The Yankees will try to complete the sweep against old teammate Happ (3-2, 5.61 ERA), who will be facing them for the first time since signing a one-year, $8 million free agent contract with the Twins in January. The 38-year-old left-hander was 21-10 for New York in 50 starts from 2018 to 2020. He is 8-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 18 career starts against the Yankees.

New York right-hander Michael King (0-3, 3.62 ERA) will make his first career start against the Twins. King last started on Friday in a 5-2 loss to Boston at Yankee Stadium, allowing four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings, including a three-run homer to Rafael Devers in the first inning.

King will follow a big game from Gerrit Cole, who held the Twins to just two runs on five hits over six innings in Wednesday night's win. He struck out nine, including Josh Donaldson twice, and didn't walk a batter while earning his seventh victory of the season.

"Overall it was a tough game," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "Our guys fought pretty good, had some good at-bats, got back into it. Not close enough. We've got to play better. As a whole we did not play well tonight."

As for Cole, who was the object of much scrutiny after Donaldson strongly hinted publicly that he thought Cole was involved with using sticky substances to improve the spin rate on his pitches, Baldelli said, "He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. That's why his name comes up in a lot of different conversations. His name comes up because he's so good."

"He's a tough customer," Baldelli added. "I'm not worried about his spin rates. I'm just watching him pitch, and he's a good pitcher."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 10, 2021

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