Minnesota will close out a nine-game road trip with the first of four matches at Yankee Stadium, while NY wraps up a 10-game homestand. Minnesota is now 8-9 overall and 3-6 on the road. The Twins don't have the bullpen to keep the Yankees at bay.
Minnesota had a disappointing showing in the Sunshine State as they were swept over the weekend by the Rays.
Stanton, who was the DH on Monday, finished the game 4-for-4 with two RBI, three runs and a walk. The Twins are scoring 4.06 runs per game this year while allowing 4.94 per contest. Stanton, despite a three-strikeout performance on Tuesday, showed signs of life on Monday with a four-hit game that included a homer, and on Tuesday Judge hit a long home run in the Yankees' three-run seventh inning.
Stanton hit a loud, long drive for his fifth homer, while Gary Sanchez boomed a two-run double.
Jose Berrios gets the call for his fifth start of the season for the Twins here.
The two had previously discussed LaMarre's pitching past - he was forced into action for one inning with the Red Sox back in 2016, where he gave up two hits with no runs and no strikeouts - and with Monday's game already decided, LaMarre toed the rubber once more. He allowed five runs, six hits and two walks in four-plus innings, raising his ERA from 1.63 to 2.84. If the NY offense falls asleep early in the game, they may not come out of it soon enough to manage a win. Babe Ruth (1921) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) are the only other Yankees with that many homers and RBIs in the first 22 games. NY jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings Sunday and that was more than enough in the contest. He's hitting.291/.356/.494 with four home runs, 10 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 87 plate appearances.
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A day after making his debut, Torres singled in the eighth, ending an none-for-seven start for the prized 21-year-old. Sabathia returned Thursday and allowed two unearned runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings during a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Berrios is 2-1 with a 1.63 ERA so far after winning 14 games last season.
This may be a tough one for the Yankees. Boone is going to be careful with him and monitor him, especially if the weather is as lousy as it's been for much of the first month of the season.
The Twins (8-9) are on a four-game losing streak and below.500 for the second time this season. The way this season has gone, it remains to be seen whether they stay hot or not. Torres is Baby bottle, Giancarlo Stanton is Volcano and Tyler Austin is Police auto. Minnesota is also 0-6 in Berrios' last six Tuesday starts and the under is 3-0-2 in his last five Tuesday starts.
Prior to Monday's series opener with the Twins, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said this of starter Masahiro Tanaka: "Hopefully we can get Masa rolling".