Friday- The Yankees kicked off their weekend series against the Twinkies with and on the right foot, using the formula of 6 strong innings from their starter and the final 3 from the big three to wrap things up. Masahiro Tanaka wasn't at his best but he was still good enough to win, and the offense provided plenty of cushion for the late game trio thanks to solid games by A-Rod, Carlos Beltran, horrible defense by the Twins, and a rare Aaron Hicks home run. Oh yeah, Aroldis Chapman threw the ball really hard in a 3-strikeout 9th inning.
Saturday- The offense got bested by Ervin Santana again, but Michael Pineda turned in easily his best performance of the season to lead the Yanks to their third straight victory. He threw 6 innings of 1-run ball with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk, his only real mistake pitch resulting in a Brian Dozier solo home run. Joe probably could have used him more, but he stuck with the late-game formula in a close game and was rewarded when the Minnesota defense gifted the Yankees a run in the 8th.
Sunday- Yesterday's series finale was a classic "it's not what you want" game. Nathan Eovaldi got shelled in his 6 innings, serving up the first 4 of what would become a 6-dinger day for the Twinkies, and the offense had already packed up its tent and loaded it in the car before the game even started. Minny starter Tyler Duffey took a perfect game into the 6th and the Yankee bats only squeezed out 2 hits on the day. One of them was a solo home run by Mark Teixeira, his first home run in a long time, but it was hardly enough. For the second time in a week and the second time with Eovaldi on the mound, the Yankees dealt themselves a bad finish to what could have been a very good series.