NEW YORK (AP) -- Phil Hughes pitched eight poised innings in his return to New York and wound up a winner when the Minnesota Twins rallied past the Yankees 7-2 Sunday behind big hits from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier in a six-run ninth.
The fact that the Yankees find themselves only 2.5 games out of the final wildcard spot is a tribute to Manager Joe Girardi's ability to maneuver a bullpen and starting pitching that has been consistent if not special
The Yankees and Twins will play a rubber match today before baseball's All-Star break. CC Sabathia and Kyle Gibson will pitch against each other. What have we learned about this series up to this point? Simply this.
If the Yankees need one thing these next five years, beyond deep starting pitching, an ace, a closer, a shortstop and timely hitters, it is certainly youth. Who knows if the new phenom Zoilo Almonte will be anything?
The Yanks and Twins play four in Minnesota, capped by an afternoon game on our nation's birthday. The Yanks are horrendous right now, getting swept in Baltimore and having lost five straight. The Twins, meantime, come off a four-game series split with Kansas City. Here is a Yanks-Twins series preview.
It was a rubber-match game and anything can happen in rubber-match games. Hell, anything can happen in baseball, right John Sterling? Including a very good pitching performance. Or, a very good pitching performance and an excellent one.
The Rangers and Yankees play three in the Bronx Tuesday-Thursday. New York comes off a four-game split with Tampa Bay. Texas visits New York fresh off a three-game sweep of the Cardinals in St. Louis. Here is a series preview.
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