Saturday, June 25, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins 6/25

The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins face off again this afternoon in the Bronx in the usual day game after a night game the MLB scheduler’s love to pull on the weekend. Either way we should see some Yankees regulars sit today to make room for the bench guys, Robert Refsnyder is possible and maybe even a Ronald Torreyes sighting?, although with the off days on Monday and Thursday who knows what Joe Girardi will do. One thing we do know for sure is the pitching matchup this afternoon as the New York Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound to square off against Ervin Santana for the Twins for the second time in a week.

Pineda lasted just 5.1 innings in his last start against these Twins but he made short work of them tying his season high in strikeouts with nine. Pineda did allow four runs, three of them earned, and six hits while taking a no decision but the Yankees did win the game 7-6.

Santana’s last start came against this same Yankees team where he delivered a victory, the only victory in the four game series for Minnesota. This was just Santana’s second victory of the season. Santana allowed three runs in 7.1 innings in the victory against the Yankees last Sunday.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11, MLB Network and MLB TV. Santana handed the Yankees their only loss in the last series between these two clubs so here’s to hoping that history does not repeat itself this afternoon and that lightning does not strike twice. It’s almost comical for Yankees fans to beat up on the Twins at this point so even in a down year where I want to see the rebuilding process jumpstarted with a few trades by the Yankees I’d still like to see a win this afternoon in the Bronx. Go Yankees!

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