Yankees take two in Minnesota on strength of Pettitte, Swisher and Jeter

Not so fast, Tom Verducci. The Yankees picked up two victories yesterday against the Minnesota Twins, which also represented their second and third first two one-run wins of the season (h/t...

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Game 45: Yankees 1, Twins 0

Bronx Cheers:

The Weather: It’s a bummer when you have a nice pitcher’s duel going and it gets shortened prematurely by rain (or snow, etc).

RISP: The Yankees were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.  They looked like they were going to make something happen in the fourth when Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner both got on base to start the inning, but then Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano each failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

Curtain Calls:

Derek Jeter: His solo homer in the sixth was the game-winning run, even giving Burnett the win.

AJ Burnett: He went five innings, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out five.

Bullpen: Robertson, Joba and Mo combined to give the Yankees four scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks.

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Remember when Gardner and Cervelli were AAAA players?

Gardner wasn’t even expecting to play that night, but after Damon was tossed in the third for arguing balls and strikes (not a regular occurrence by any stretch of the imagination) Gardner had his shot. What happened next is the stuff of Hollywood—light swinging Gardner hit the first inside-the-park-home run in New Yankee Stadium history, and later played a significant role in the Yankees 9th inning comeback, hitting a leadoff triple off of bigtime closer Joe Nathan. And later that night, the script continued—Alyssa’s number came up, her wait for a new heart was over.

Superstitious or no, the story is pretty amazing, and whatever karma Brett took from that bracelet, it’s still going strong (.299/.379/.377, along with 17 steals in 19 attempts thus far this season). And earlier this week, Alyssa made her way out to Yankee Stadium to catch a game, her first since having heart replacement surgery more than a year ago. Here she is on the field, after the game.…

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Slump Watch: Team Edition

Just when I thought the Yankees’ recent performance couldn’t get any weirder, it does. I wasn’t in a position to watch yesterday’s game. Around 10pm I asked a friend of mine for a score update. You can imagine...

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