The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins by the score of 4-3 tonight. Ivan Nova pitched well going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three, he had a low pitch count and could of pitched the seventh if the lead was more. The Yankees though have the formula now that it could be six inning games. They have Joba Chamberlain in the seventh, Rafael Soriano in the eighth and Mariano Rivera in the ninth. I like to call them JoSoMo and that is the second time in four games that formula has worked perfectly. It will continue as Joe Girardi said tonight that Joba Chamberlain would be the seventh inning guy and we already knew that Rafael Soriano was the eighth inning guy and Mariano Rivera the ninth as the closer.
The Yankees offense has been on fire early on hitting 11 homeruns which is one shy of the team record. Jorge Posada hit another two run homer his third in the last two games as he has looked like he is taking to the new DH role. Alex Rodriguez continues to be on fire, he has been all spring and carried it into the regular season. He hit a two run homerun tonight also. The only part of the order not doing its job is the top with Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter struggling but they will get it together and then really watch out. The Yankees offense is hard to navigate with all the switch hitters and when you can have Russell Martin hitting ninth, he has been an all star in the past that is pretty amazing. Martin has looked great not only at the plate but behind it as well and he has a couple of stolen bases, the Yankees haven't had a catcher that could run in a long time.
The Yankees will play the Minnesota Twins tomorrow night with C.C. Sabathia taking on Brian Duensing. The games is at 7:05PM on the YES Network. The Yankees just own the Twins in the Bronx, the Yankees are 10-1 over them at the New Yankee Stadium and under Ron Gardenhire they just haven't been able to win there at all. The Yankees are 26-4 in their last 30 regular season games in the Bronx. The Yankees also have won 18 of their last 20 games over the Twins.
Arod said this about Nova "He did exactly what we expect him to do. Tonight he made some pitches where last year, I think maybe the game could have got away from him." The Yankees felt best about the fact that Nova didn't unravel late in his start, maybe now that he got past that fifth inning hump it will be in the past and he can consistantly work into the sixth and seventh innings.