May 5, 2019

Twins win at Yankee Stadium for first time since Tyler Duffey pitched the game of his life

The Twins beat the New York Yankees on Saturday 7-3, which is all fine and well except that the baseball world couldn’t help but notice it was the Twins’ first win in the Bronx in almost three years.

Their last win there came on June 26, 2016, a year that will live in infamy for Twins fans because the team lost 103 games that season.

But on that June day, before 38,000 fans, Tyler Duffey pitched the game of his life. He was backed by six home runs to beat the Yankees, 7-1. Duffey is still on the Twins’ 40-man roster.

That afternoon Duffey struck out eight over eight innings and allowed only two hits and one earned run. While he went to work on the mound, the Twins went to work with their bats. Hitting home runs that day were Danny Santana, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Max Kepler, Eduardo Nunez and Juan Centeno.

Michael Pineda, who spent four seasons with the Yankees, gets the ball Sunday. He needs a decent outing after two previous duds.

Extra innings…

-Jake Odorizzi had another solid start on Saturday. He struck out eight over six innings and improved to 4-2 with an ERA of 2.78. Odorizzi, Perez and Berrios are carrying the team. Now, we just need Gibson and Pineda to find their form.

-The Twins didn’t hit six home runs on Saturday, but they still got long balls from Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron. Garver hit leadoff and led the way with three hits. In all, the Twins scored seven runs on 12 hits.

-The Yankees lead the American League in attendance at 633,170 through Friday, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The Twins are ninth at 269,943. It really needs to warm up in Twins land.

-After Duffey beat the Yanks, New York media piled on, basically horrified at what had transpired.

-The Twins head to Toronto for a three-game series that begins Monday.

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.