Speedy recap: Yankees 7, Twins 3

In tonight’s game thread, I asked the following questions:

  1. Can the Yankees build on last night’s game?
  2. Can they continue to own the Twins like they have been doing for the past decade or so?
  3. Will Phil Hughes be able to keep the ball in the park? (I realize Target Field is bigger than Yankee Stadium but you never know.)
  4. Will Robinson Cano continue his hot hitting?
  5. Did the Yankees score too many runs last night?
  6. Have they hit their allotment for the week?

And here are the answers:

  1. Yes they can and they did.
  2. Yes they can and they did.
  3. He did! Here’s his line (check out the last number): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
  4. Of course he can. He was 2-4 with three RBI and hit a bomb to put the Yankees up 7-1 in the seventh inning.
  5. No they didn’t because tonight they were able to score seven.
  6. It looks like they haven’t. The Twins may be the cure to their ills.

Another infielder with a big night was Alberto Gonzalez who also finished 2-4 with three RBI. Plus, the much maligned David Adams had two hits as well. Mariano Rivera picked up his 27th save of the season on two pitches. He also received a rocking chair made of broken bats as a retirement gift from the Twins. Manager Ron Gardenhire called it the ‘Broken Chair of Dreams.”

The Yankees improved to 44-39 on the year.

Seriously, why can’t the Yankees just play the Twins and Indians for the rest of the season?

Here’s an up close shot of the rocking chair courtesy of Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.