Wednesday, April 18, 2012
t was a discouraging encore performance at home for Kuroda, who threw eight shutout innings against the Angels last Friday. He was responsible for 10 of Minnesota’s 12 hits, and all six of the Twins’ runs.
Twins slugger Justin Morneau tagged Kuroda for two homers, the second one knocking New York’s starter out of the game. Minnesota has won two of three games in the set after entering the series with a 5-28 record in the Bronx since 2002.
This series is now officially a disappointment, and a Phil Hughes start away from being a disaster.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
NEW YORK—Joe Girardi offered up a prophecy Monday afternoon that he’d rather have not seen come true.
Just hours before his club took the field for the series opener against the visiting Twins—who have had remarkably little success at Yankee Stadium over the last 10 years—Girardi noted how formidable the heart of Minnesota’s order is again, with the resurgent health of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, and the addition of outfielder Josh Willingham.
As formidable as the heart of the Yankees’ order?
Losing to the Twins at home is not something that can be spun. They stink, and now the Yankees have to try and make up for it. Taking the next three games would be a start to that.
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