2:10 PM ET, August 21, 2011
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Curtis Granderson's inside-the-park HR helps Yanks; Alex Rodriguez 0-for-5 in return
MINNEAPOLIS -- Even with Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup for the first time in more than six weeks, the New York Yankees still found themselves needing an offensive spark in the later innings against Minnesota.Manager Joe Girardi wasn't surprised in the least that Curtis Granderson was the one to provide it.
With Rodriguez on the field and Jim Thome in the lineup for the Twins, it was the first time two players with 600 career homers had met in a game since Hank Aaron's Braves played Willie Mays' Mets on July 17, 1973. Thome went 1 for 3 with a walk. ... Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira had a fielding error in the third inning that allowed Rene Tosoni to reach base. It snapped an 87-game errorless streak that was the longest single-season streak of his career. ... The Twins drew 41,242 fans on Sunday, their 53rd sellout of the season. The series attendance was 164,950, the highest total for a four-game series since Target Field opened last year. ... The Yankees said RHP Freddy Garcia will pitch a maximum of four innings or 65 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. ... The Yankees are off on Monday before opening a series against the Oakland Athletics in the Bronx on Tuesday. They will send Bartolo Colon (8-7, 3.54 ERA) to the mound to face RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-6, 3.74). The 38-year-old Colon gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings of his last start against Kansas City. But he is undefeated in his last three home starts, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. ... The Twins will open a series against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Carl Pavano (6-9, 4.52) will start for the Twins against Zach Britton (6-9, 4.66). After a rocky finish to July, Pavano has a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 innings pitched in three August starts.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 6-2 (as of Sun 8/21)|
|Mon 4/4||@NYY 4, MIN 3||Recap|
|Tue 4/5||MIN 5, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Thu 4/7||@NYY 4, MIN 3||Recap|
|Thu 8/18||NYY 8, @MIN 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/19||NYY 8, @MIN 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/20||@MIN 9, NYY 4||Recap|
|» Sun 8/21||NYY 3, @MIN 0||Box Score|
|Mon 9/19||@NYY 6, MIN 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Twins|
|6th||R Martin hit sacrifice fly to center, R Cano scored.||1||0|
|7th||C Granderson inside-the-park home run to deep right center (397 feet).||2||0|
|7th||M Teixeira homered to left (363 feet).||3||0|
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|Stadium||Target Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||41,242 (104.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||75 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn|
From Elias: Granderson's 35th HR of the season was an inside-the-park homer Sunday at the Twins. The last time a player in an inside-the-park HR for his 35th or later HR in a season was Sammy Sosa in 2001 - his 63rd homer that year was an inside-the-park homer.
From Elias: Curtis Granderson hit his 35th HR in Sunday's game at the Twins. It was an inside-the-park homer. The last Yankee player to have at least 35 homers in a season with at least one of them being an inside-the-park job was Mickey Mantle, who hit 54 homers in 1961, with one of them being an inside-the-park homer.
Curtis Granderson: 3rd career inside-the-park home run, first with the Yankees. That ties him for the most inside-the-park HR by an active player. Carl Crawford, Jimmy Rollins, David DeJesus, Chase Utley, and Bobby Abreu also each have 3. This was the first inside-the-park home run at Target Field. It was the 2nd inside-the-park home run allowed by the Twins this season, the other by Yuniesky Betancourt on June 25. The last Yankees player with an inside-the-park home run was Derek Jeter vs the Royals, last July 22. Granderson is the first Yankees player to hit an inside-the-park home run against the Twins since Alvaro Espinoza in 1990. It was the 10th inside-the-park home run allowed by the Twins since 2000, most in MLB (one more than Padres and Yankees)
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