Friday, June 24, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins 6/24

The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins begin a three-game set this weekend in the Bronx with the first game coming tonight. Now if you all thought you heard a collective “sigh” and an eye roll or two it was probably all the Twins fans checking their schedule and seeing the Yankees inside Yankee Stadium this weekend. If you checked in with the blog yesterday you saw that the Yankees have absolutely owned the Twins in the past 20 years only losing one season series in that time and tying a couple others. New York already has three wins to Minnesota’s one and can clinch the series victory tonight with a win. In the game the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound on extra rest looking for that win while the Twins will counter with Tommy Milone.

Tanaka faced the Minnesota Twins in his last start and was very effective against the club hurling eight innings while allowing just one run on seven hits. Tanaka earned the win, his first since May 27th, and will look for his second consecutive win tonight in the Bronx.

Milone is replacing Pat Dean in the rotation this turn since the Yankees offense had their way with Dean in his last start. Milone has been in Triple-A and had posted a 4-0 record with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts while striking out 41 and allowing just four walks.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. We have heard all season how much better Tanaka is on extra rest as opposed to a normal four days rest so with the extra rest heading into this start Tanaka has to be sharp. Facing off with Minnesota this is one of those games and series that the team absolutely must take. Make it happen boys. Go Yankees!

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