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Game 35: Twins (22-12) @ Yankees (22-12)

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First Pitch: 6:05 pm CDT
TV: FSN North
Radio: Twins Radio Network
Know Thine Enemy: Pinstripe Alley

The last time the Twins played at Yankee Stadium, bad things happened. Let us never speak of it again. Instead, let's talk about what The Grown Man Named Buster said on ESPN today: the teams with the two best records in the major leagues since July 27th of last year are playing in the Bronx tonight. Hooray for positivity!

Starting pitchers:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Scott Baker 4-2 7 7 0 0 0 0 43.1 46 22 22 5 10 34 4.57 1.29

Butters flat-out dominated the Orioles on Saturday (8 IP, 3H, 8K). More like this, please.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - A.J. Burnett 4-1 7 7 0 0 0 0 45.0 45 20 17 2 14 32 3.40 1.31

Through seven starts, Burnett's a run better than Butters on the ERA front, but they're otherwise off to fairly similar starts. Unlike Baker, Burnett is coming off his worst start of the year, a 4.1 IP, 8 ER shellacking from the Red Sox.

Lineups and other notes after what we refer to on the Internets as "The Jump":

Lineups:


Lineup

Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees

05/14/10 7:05 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins New York Yankees
Denard Span - CF Derek Jeter - SS
Orlando Hudson - 2B Brett Gardner - CF
Joe Mauer - C Mark Teixeira - 1B
Justin Morneau - 1B Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Michael Cuddyer - RF Robinson Cano - 2B
Jason Kubel - DH Nick Swisher - RF
Delmon Young - LF Marcus Thames - LF
Alexi Casilla - SS Juan Miranda - DH
Nick Punto - 3B Francisco Cervelli - C

Notes:

Although the Twins are fortunate enough to avoid drawing C.C. Sabathia and Phil Hughes in this series, the bigger advantage is not having to deal with Curtis Granderson, who is on the DL with a gr-gr-groin injury. Granderson owns the Twins to the point where I just cry when he steps into the batter's box now. Also on the shelf for New York are Nick Johnson and Chan Ho Park.

The last time the Twins won a road game against the Yankees was July 4, 2007. I think I speak for everyone at Twinkie Town when I say the next win should also be a national holiday, regardless of what day it falls on. Enjoy the game, everybody.