THREE-GAME SERIES AT YANKEE STADIUM
Monday 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Ervin Santana (15-7, 3.35) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (5-9, 4.35)
Tuesday 6:05 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Jose Berrios (12-7, 3.84) vs. LHP C.C. Sabathia (11-5, 3.85)
Wednesday 12:05 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Bartolo Colon (6-13, 6.39) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-11, 4.73)
Will Joe Mauer, batting .400 since Aug. 10, start against Sabathia on Tuesday? Mauer is batting .163 off Sabathia with no home runs against him in his career. With manager Paul Molitor sticking to giving Mauer occasional days off, this could another one of them. … The Twins took two of three games from New York during a June 17-19 series at Target Field. … None of the Twins starters this series have faced Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. … Santana has given up home runs to Greg Bird the past two times he’s faced him. … The Twins have homered in their past 16 games, tying a club record set in 1979 and tied earlier this season.
Twins fans will not get to see their former first-round pick Aaron Hicks suit up against them this season. Hicks missed the June 17-19 series at Target Field because of an oblique strain. He returned, but has landed back on the DL with another oblique strain. … Manager Joe Girardi, in his 10th season, won his 900th game with the Yankees on Friday. … Because of a rescheduled game with Kansas City on Sept. 25, the Yankees are in a stretch in which they will play 24 games in 25 days to finish the season. … Sabathia, 18-9 with a 3.16 career ERA against the Twins, will pitch on seven days rest.
La Velle E. Neal III