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Twins 7, Yankees 0: Kenta throws a shutout! (simulated)

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Three outta four against the Yankees? I’ll take it!

Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Mitch Garver C, Jorge Polanco SS, Ehire Adrianza 2B, Nelson Cruz DH, Max Kepler RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jake Cave LF, Marwin Gonzalez 1B, Byron Buxton CF, Kenta Maeda P

NYY: Mike Tauchman CF, DJ LeMahieu 2B, Gleybar Torres SS, Giancarlo Stanton LF, Aaron Judge RF, Mike Ford 1B, Luke Voit DH, Miguel Andujar 3B, Gary Sanchez C, J.A. Happ P


This was the sort of dominant performance we expected to see from the Twins this season. Kenta Maeda threw six strong innings, striking out seven Yankees. Sergio Romo picked up a three-inning save in which he only allowed a single baserunner. Most of the bats showed up, too.

The third inning was a good one for the Twins, and the place they started the scoring. Mitch Garver opened the inning with a bomba. Singles from Polanco (thrown out running the bases) Adrianza, and Cruz, followed by a double from Kepler added a second run. The third came on a wild pitch during Jake Cave’s at-bat.

The Twins added another run in the fifth. Max Kepler reached first when Happ committed an error on a groundball. He went first-to-home on a single by Marwin Gonzalez.

The rest the Twins scoring was in the seventh. Nelson Cruz singled, and reached third on a error by the leftfielder, Stanton, that put Max Kepler on first. A grounder from Donaldson scored one run. Jake Cave’s triple scored a second. Cave scored the third on a groundout by Marwin Gonzalez.

Notes

  • Luis Arraez leads the AL in batting average at .353, and is second in baseball to Jeff McNeil (.365)

STUDS:

Kenta Maeda: 6.0 IP, 0 runs, 6 hits, 7 K
Sergio Romo: 3.0 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, save.

DUDS:

No duds, Twins win!

Tomorrow: Hide your trash cans, the Houston Astros are visiting. First pitch 7:10pm

Standings:
MIN 44-35 —
CHW 42-35 1
CLE 42-36 1 1/2
DET 37-40 6
KCR 27-52 17