"Whether the Twins play the Yankees at home or away, under a dome or in the open air, as favorites or underdogs, they usually find a way to lose." -- New York Times. July 5, 2013.

Another Yankees victory over the Twins? No news here.

So New York Times writer David Waldstein did the right thing. He provided context for what happens when the Twins play the Yankees. There was this: "No matter that the Yankees were mired in a dispiriting slump before arriving here, or that their lineup is a cheap facsimile of the star-studded version that has administered most of the disappointment to Minnesotans. For the Yankees, facing the Twins has been their version of a visit to a spa, where they wash away their troubles and attain instant well-being"

And this: "Just seeing the Yankees in the opposing dugout should be enough to make Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire twitch and sweat, even if the Yankees had won only 5 of their previous 18 games coming into the series, with a lineup that at times resembled a middling minor league squad. 'I don’t know,' Gardenhire said. 'I wish we had answers for all that stuff. We don’t have answers for why these guys play so well here.' "

And this: "Gardenhire’s Twins won four division titles in his first six years, but in the regular season they were only 10-28 against the Yankees and their manager at the time, Joe Torre. Gardenhire’s record against Joe Girardi is 11-31 since Girardi took over as manager in 2008. In the playoffs, Gardenhire was 2-6 against Torre in 2003 and 2004, and 0-6 against Girardi in 2009 and 2010. Over all, including the playoffs, Gardenhire’s record against the Yankees is 23-71, for a .245 winning percentage — this from a manager with a .519 winning percentage over all.

You can read Waldstein's entire story here, if you dare.


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