Twins head into All-Star break with surprising 10-4 rout of Yankees

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 15, 2013 - 6:42 AM

They won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2001 and beat CC Sabathia for the first time since 2007.


– Turns out, all the Twins needed to turn things around was a visit to their own private nightmare.

Aaron Hicks belted a three-run homer, the Twins scored as many runs as in their previous four games combined, and Minnesota hammered the Yankees 10-4 on Sunday, capturing a series on the Yankees’ home field for the first time since 2001.

Making their first back-to-back victories since June 18-20 even more unlikely: Yankee lefthander CC Sabathia took the loss, something he had not done against the Twins since July 2007, 13 starts ago. The Twins closed their longest road trip with a 3-7 record, but they go into the All-Star break on an improbable two-game winning streak.

What were you doing back in August 2008? The Twins were taking two out of three from the Yankees, but that Metrodome series was the last time it happened until this weekend, when Minnesota outscored New York 14-7.

The Yankees almost seemed complicit in providing a silver lining to the Twins’ ugly midsummer slump, committing two errors, making at least twice that many sub-major-league defensive plays, and saddling Sabathia with five unearned runs among the eight he allowed. Justin Morneau, for example, went 3-for-5 at the plate, yet never hit a ball that was handled by an outfielder. He “doubled” on a popup that Robinson Cano couldn’t reach, “singled” on a broken-bat bloop that Sabathia dropped, and beat out a grounder to deep short.

Jamey Carroll and Pedro Florimon capped a four-hit second inning off Sabathia with back-to-back RBI singles, the first time in a week that the Twins had scored first. An inning later, after Morneau’s popup double and a throwing error by Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez extended the inning, Hicks belted a three-run home run to the Twins bullpen in left.

Glen Perkins and Joe Mauer are remaining in New York for Tuesday’s All-Star Game played at the Mets’ Citi Field. The rest of the team is dispersing for four days. The Twins resume the season Friday in Target Field against Cleveland.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Cleveland «0102001015111
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:T.House(2-3) L:R.Nolasco(5-9)
HR: CLE- M.Aviles (5), Z.Walters (3) MIN- None


Texas - WP: N. Martinez 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 4
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 3 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 4
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 9 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 5
NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler 8 FINAL
Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija 5
Atlanta - LP: D. Carpenter 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: M. Melancon 3
Houston - WP: S. Feldman 5 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: D. Huff 2
Arizona - LP: E. Marshall 2 FINAL
Washington - WP: R. Soriano 3
LA Angels - WP: C. Rasmus 8 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 3
Detroit - WP: R. Porcello 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0
Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto 3 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn 7
San Francisco - WP: J. Peavy 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 3
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi 3
Cleveland - WP: T. House 5 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco 0
Kansas City - LP: D. Duffy 2 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 5
San Diego 4 Top 8th Inning
Los Angeles 1
Pittsburgh 8/21/14 6:30 PM
Carolina 8/22/14 6:30 PM
New England
NY Giants 8/22/14 6:30 PM
NY Jets
Jacksonville 8/22/14 6:30 PM
Oakland 8/22/14 7:00 PM
Green Bay
Chicago 8/22/14 9:00 PM
Tampa Bay 8/23/14 3:30 PM
Tennessee 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Dallas 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Washington 8/23/14 6:30 PM
New Orleans 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Minnesota 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Houston 8/23/14 8:00 PM
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Colorado 3
San Jose 1 FINAL
Seattle 1
Montreal 8/22/14 7:30 PM
Toronto 8/23/14 3:00 PM
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question