Rapid Reaction: Twins 6, Yankees 5
April, 18, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Hiroki Kuroda had the worst start of his MLB career, and the Yankees (6-6) fell back to .500 with a 6-5 loss on Wednesday night in the Bronx. It is the first time the Twins have won two regular-season games at Yankee Stadium since 2001.
LIT UP: Kuroda gave up six earned runs on 10 hits in a start for the first time in his big-league career over 4 1/3 innings. The $10 million right-hander allowed four first-inning runs, and surrendered hits to five of the first six hitters he faced. In Kuroda’s first three starts with the Yankees, he’s pitched well once.
DON’T CHA’ KNOW: Robinson Cano snapped a 47 at-bat drought to begin the season, belting his first home run of 2012 into the right-field seats in the third inning. The Yankees second baseman also had the team’s first two RBIs out of the cleanup spot this season.
YANKEE (STADIUM) KILLER: In 80 games at Target Field, Justin Morneau has hit five homers. In 12 games at New Yankee Stadium, he’s gone deep seven times -- including twice on Wednesday night. Morneau also singled and scored three runs.
DAY OFF: Third baseman Alex Rodriguez got to relax for the first time this season -- until the ninth inning. A-Rod pinch-hit for Russell Martin and led off the frame by grounding out to third base. He is batting .222.
SWISHALICIOUS: Nick Swisher drove home a pair of runs with a first-inning single up the middle and now has a team-leading 13 RBIs. Who doesn’t love a contract year?
ABOUT TIME: The first inning alone took 37 minutes. Both teams sent eight men to the plate in the frame and scored a combined seven runs.
EL CAP-I-TAN: Derek Jeter had three hits to raise his average to .389. He capped off a 10-pitch at-bat in the ninth with his fourth homer of the season to bring the Yankees within a run.
GOOD SIGN: Notoriously slow starter Mark Teixeira hit the ball hard five times and had a pair of hits to show for it. Teixeira flew out to the track in right to end the game.
HANGIN’ WITH THE JONES: Alexi Casilla’s double down the left-field line in the seventh, so he didn’t really try for it, and threw the ball lazily into third. Jones then stumbled trying to corral an eighth-inning double by Josh Willingham, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Andrew Marchand will write about Kuroda disaster. I’ll write about Cano. We’ll have an update on Brett Gardner, who was scratched from the lineup just minutes before first pitch with right elbow soreness.
In Thursday’s first pitch, Marchand’s will write about Phil Hughes’ big start. Bomber’s Beat will be on the blog at 7 a.m., featuring an interview with Teixeira.
UP NEXT: The Yankees and Twins wrap up their four-game series at the Stadium. It’ll be Hughes (0-2, 9.00 ERA) vs. righty Anthony Swarzak (0-2, 3.75).
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