Yankees Youngsters Shine In Twins Sweep
It was a day 22-year old Greg Bird will never forget. The six-day-old New York Yankees career has gotten a lot of hype after he notched his first Major League homer in the third inning today, only to follow it up with another two-run shot in the sixth, lifting the Yankees to a 4-3 win over the Twins. The win gave the Yankees the sweep, and a 1.5 game lead in the AL East.
The Yankees took a 2-0 lead when Bird homered to right field to score himself and Carlos Beltran. Before the game Manager Joe Girardi put a high praise on the youngster, "When I think about some of the young kids that I managed, a lot of it had to do with [time] in Florida," Girardi said. "And this is a big comparison, and I'm not saying this is what my expectation [would be], but Miguel Cabrera had a slow clock and really had an understanding of what he wanted to do. I think Greg Bird has an understanding of who he is and what he wants to do."
The Twins rallied back and took the lead in the sixth, after Nathan Eovaldi was perfect through 6.1 innings, with a three-run frame that featured every Twins batter heading to the plate. Bird's second home of the day put the Yankees ahead, then Dellin Betances came into the game to earn the save, and get his 100th strikeout of the season.
The Yankees will start its four game homestand against the Cleveland Indians tomorrow.