Sunday, July 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Twins 10, Yankees 4
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- The Yankees' All-Star break began one day early.
The Yankees played one of their worst games of the year on Sunday as they were pounded 10-4 by the Twins at Yankee Stadium to conclude the first half.
The Yankees, on pace for 87 wins, enter the break at 51-44.
The Yankees went 3-4 against the Twins and Royals to conclude their 10-game home stand this past week. They were 5-5 overall.
Defense optional: The Yankees looked uninspired in the field as they failed to make routine plays. In the third, Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells allowed an easy fly ball to drop in for a double, and Eduardo Nunez threw high and wide of first base. In the fourth, Ichiro Suzuki didn't bend low enough while trying to field a ball and it went by him, allowing the two runners to advance an extra base. Two batters later, CC Sabathia just missed getting to a pop up and Luis Cruz couldn't field it after it landed. In the next at-bat, Lyle Overbay booted a grounder.
It hurt CC: That poor defense came back to haunt Sabathia as he gave up eight runs, only three of which were earned. In the fourth, after giving two free outs, Sabathia served up a three-run shot to light-hitting Aaron Hicks that put the Twins ahead 5-0. In the fourth, only one of the three runs he gave up was earned because of Overbay's error. Sabathia went just four innings, tying his season-low, but that other shortened start was due to a rain delay. This is the second shortest start of his Yankees career that hasn't been the result of a rain delay. He went 2 2/3 innings on Oct. 2, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay. Sabathia is 9-8 this season.
It was all good just a week ago: The Yankees swept the Twins in a four-game set to start July, but lost two of three to them this weekend. The Twins entered this series just 7-30 in the Bronx since 2002.
Long drought: Suzuki's solo shot in the seventh was the Yankees' first homer by a player not named Cano or Overbay since June 26.
Up next: The Yankees get four days off for the All-Star break, although Mariano Rivera and Cano are on the American League roster. Cano will start at second. The Yankees will return to action on Friday in Boston.