MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
NY Yankees0 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 6131
Minnesota2 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 x 880
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  W: L. Thorpe (1-1)   L: C. Sabathia (5-5)   S: T. Rogers (15)
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)7:10 PM CT, July 22, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 34,627

Yankees and Twins meet in battle of division leaders

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New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins

  1. The Twins have not won a season series over the Yankees since 2001. The Yankees have won the season series in 15 of the last 17 seasons, with the teams tying the season series in both 2005 and 2006.
  2. The Yankees last won two of three over the Rockies, with two former Rockies, DJ LeMahieu and Mike Tauchman, combining to score 10 runs in the series -- the rest of the Yankees scored 13 runs combined. These two went 10-for-20 (.500) -- the rest of the team hit .235 in the series.
  3. Minnesota has gone 7-8 in July -- the team has not had a losing record in any month this season. The Twins did win their last game, their 60th win of the season -- this was the fewest number of games into a season (98) that the franchise reached 60 wins since 1992.
  4. Edwin Encarnacion has accounted for 14 of the Yankees' 52 RBI since the All-Star break (26.9 percent), the highest percentage of any American Leaguer. Max Kepler has nine of his team's 38 RBI since the break, the third-highest percentage by an American Leaguer (Daniel Vogelbach, 26.1).
  5. In the Twins' last game, their 7, 8, 9 hitters scored four of the team's seven runs. The bottom third of the Twins' batting order has posted a .271/.343/.499 slash line in 2019 -- these marks rank second, second, and first in MLB, respectively (Yankees lead batting average - .272 and on-base percentage - .344).
  6. Over his career, Miguel Sano has a .286/.375/.694 slash line against the Yankees and a .242/.334/.478 line against the rest of MLB. His 1.069 career OPS against the Yankees is the second best by any active player with at least 50 career plate appearances against the franchise (Renato Nunez, 1.134).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/22/2019 thru 7/24/2019
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia announced before the season that 2019 would be the final one of his 19-year major league career. And it's doubtful that any team was happier to hear the news than the Minnesota Twins.

The 39-year-old Sabathia is scheduled to make his final regular season start at Target Field in Minneapolis in Monday night when the American League East-leading Yankees open a three-game series with the AL Central-leading Twins.

Sabathia (5-4, 4.06 ERA) is 20-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 39 career starts against Minnesota and is 12-1 in his last 16 starts against the Twins. The 20 wins are tied with Justin Verlander of the Astros for the most of any active player and also rank eighth all-time against Minnesota.

Minnesota will counter with left-hander Martin Perez (8-3, 4.10), who is 2-2 with a 9.68 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.

The Twins have struggled badly against the Yankees over the last decade, compiling a 20-48 record since 2010 including a woeful 10-23 mark at Target Field. However, Minnesota has won two of three from New York in each of the last two years at home.

The Twins, who have seen their AL Central lead over the three-time defending division champion Cleveland Indians shrink from 11 1/2 games to three in the last month, come in off a dramatic 7-6 walk-off victory over Oakland on Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series with the A's.

Max Kepler went 3-for-6 with a homer, double and four RBIs and drove in Ehire Adrianza, who had tripled in the tying run, with a line single off All-Star reliever Liam Hendriks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

"Our guys earned this win," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "This was a hard-fought series. This was a hard-fought game against a very good team, and we continued to just fight and never quit, and it's pretty unbelievable.

"There were moments where the odds were probably against us and there wasn't one moment where anybody in our dugout, or our team, or our staff, who laid down at any point. Our guys continued to duke it out and ultimately got a tremendous win."

New York begins a seven-game road trip that concludes with four games at Boston and comes into the contest with a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees own the best record in the American League at 64-34 but come in off an 8-4 home loss to Colorado on Sunday that saw them finish with a season-low four hits, three of which were home runs.

"We're in a really good position right now," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "I think it's (about) not getting caught up in what these other teams are doing and really focusing on our day.

"We're going to get on a plane and we're going to Minnesota to play a really good Twins team, a team that's obviously a force right now in the American League, and we've got to go play well, and that's kind of how we look at it. Our guys are looking forward to the challenge, to go there and play a really good club."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 22, 2019

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