Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

NY Yankees leads 2-0 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Game 4: Monday, April 21
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Yankees 4

(14-3, 7-1 away)

Twins 2

(9-8, 3-5 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 19, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: A. Pettitte (3-0)

    L: J. Mays (2-2)

    S: J. Acevedo (3)

    Pettitte keeps Yankees' amazing streak going

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The New York Yankees are an embarrassment of riches right now, off to a franchise-best 14-3 start with an abundance of power hitting and quality starting pitching.

    Andy Pettitte
    Starting Pitcher
    New York Yankees
    Profile
    2003 SEASON STATISTICS
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    3 3 0 0 19 3.70

    Bernie Williams had a two-run homer and Raul Mondesi hit a solo shot Saturday night to lead the Yankees over the Minnesota Twins 4-2.

    "Let's just enjoy it,'' manager Joe Torre said.

    Andy Pettitte (3-0) pitched 7 1/3 innings to run the rotation's record to 12-0 -- the major leagues' longest season-opening streak in the last 50 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician. New York is off to a franchise-best 14-3 start.

    "It's amazing -- we're throwing the ball real well,'' Pettitte said. "The guys are swinging the bats so well, it's tough to pitch to us right now.''

    The Yankees also beat the Twins for the 11th straight time, spanning the past two seasons. They've outhomered Minnesota 25-2 during the streak.

    The Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was unusually edgy after the game.

    "You're facing the New York Yankees. You know how many runs they give up?'' Gardenhire said. "They have pretty good pitchers over there. Our guys are out there busting their butts trying.''

    Juan Acevedo came on with runners on first and third and two outs in the ninth and struck out pinch-hitter Dustan Mohr -- now 3-for-27 this year -- for his third save.

    "Dustan had a good pitch to hit,'' Gardenhire said, "and he just missed it.''

    Twins center fielder Torii Hunter gave the crowd of 36,139 at least something to cheer about by going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and another amazing homer-robbing catch.

    Pettitte twisted his ankle backing up home plate in his last start, but the Yankees were confident enough in his health to send Jose Contreras to Triple-A before the game. That looked like the right decision. Pettitte allowed two runs and six hits, while striking out seven.

    "He kept the pitch count down,'' Torre said. "I thought his cutter was good, and it just looked like he was in a good zone tonight. He changed speeds well and kept them on their heels by throwing strikes.''

    Hunter, who received his second Gold Glove award in a pregame ceremony the night before, showed how he got it in the sixth.

    Nick Johnson hit a drive to straightaway center that Hunter brought back over the wall with a leaping, two-handed grab, landing hard on his head as he fell to the warning track.

    Hunter rolled around in pain for a few seconds, as Twins starter Mays flashed a concerned glance and Gardenhire sprinted out with trainer Jim Kahmann. Hunter remained in the game, but his neck was a little sore afterward.

    "He's one of the best in the business,'' Williams said.

    After Jason Giambi walked, Hunter got another chance.

    Williams' drive barely cleared the fence in left-center as Hunter -- after sprinting to get there -- came up empty on his jump.

    A fan caught it instead, probably a little to high for Hunter to reach.

    "I felt like a had a beat on it,'' said Hunter, who punched the wall disgustedly as Williams rounded the bases and put the Yankees up 3-2.

    Mondesi's homer in the next inning gave them a two-run cushion.

    "That was my bad,'' Mays said of his changeup that stayed up in the strike zone.

    Alfonso Soriano, who began Friday's game with a homer, kick-started the Yankees' offense once again Saturday by ripping a single up the middle off Mays and scoring on Hideki Matsui's two-out single.

    Johnson had a tough time with his glove in the bottom of the first -- though he wasn't charged with any errors.

    Jacque Jones beat out a grounder to deep shortstop, and Erick Almonte's bouncing throw was too low for Johnson to scoop.

    Pettitte had Jones picked off first, but Johnson simply dropped the throw -- allowing Jones his fourth steal of the season and the chance to tie the score at 1 on Hunter's two-out single.

    The Twins took the lead in the fourth on A.J. Pierzynski's RBI single.

    Mays (2-2), who gave up seven runs in five innings to New York in a start last week, retired 13 of 14 at one point. He gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

    "We just haven't been able to keep the ball in the park against these guys,'' Mays said.

    Game notes


    The Twins will activate RHP Mike Fetters from the disabled list Sunday and option RHP Juan Rincon to Triple-A Edmonton. ... The Yankees have never swept a four-game series from the Twins in Minnesota. It's their first 11-game winning streak against the Twins.

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