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Game 23: Yankees at Twins

The Twins look to right the ship against a formidable foe

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
The Twins send Sonny Gray to the bump to take on the New York Yankees.
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

First Pitch: 6:40 PM Central Time
TV: Bally Sports North
Radio: TIBN
Know Thine Enemy: Pinstripe Alley

The Twins have lost six of their last eight games but are at least coming off of decent vibes after salvaging a 3-1 win over the lowly Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Rocco Baldelli’s group split four games in New York last weekend, but lost the final two games at the start of this rough eight-game stretch.

The Twins will send Sonny Gray to the mound. Gray missed the Yankees when the Twins were in the Bronx and last threw against teh Boston Red Sox last Tuesday, giving up run on seven hits over five innings. Overall on the season, Gray is 2-0 with an 0.82 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He’s pitched exactly five innings in three of his starts, with his seven-inning, one-run performance against the Houston Astros standing as his best start to date.

He’ll be countered by Jhony Brito, whom the Twins lambasted to the tune of seven earned run in 23 of an inning last weekend. Since then, Brito pitched 4 13 innings against the Los Angeles Angels, giving up one run on three hits but also walking three batters in the process. Overall this year, Brito is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA and an unsightly 1.40 WHIP.

Baldelli has Byron Buxton in the cleanup spot for the first time this year with Max Kepler sliding back up to the leadoff role.

Enjoy Monday night baseball!

Today's Lineups

Anthony Volpe - SS Max Kepler - RF
Aaron Judge - DH Carlos Correa - SS
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jorge Polanco - 2B
Gleyber Torres - 2B Byron Buxton - DH
DJ LeMahieu - 3B Trevor Larnach - LF
Franchy Cordero - RF Jose Miranda - 3B
Oswaldo Cabrera - LF Joey Gallo - 1B
Jose Trevino - C Christian Vazquez - C
Aaron Hicks - CF Michael Taylor - CF
Jhony Brito - RHP Sonny Gray - RHP