The Yankees needed two things coming into this afternoon’s game: a good outing from Masahiro Tanaka and productive at-bats. The Yankees got a great outing from Tanaka but the offense still needs some work. However, the offense was just enough for the Yankees to beat the Twins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
While the Yankees were down 1-0 with two outs in the fourth inning, Yangervis Solarte hit a towering home run to right-center field to tie the game at one. The Yankees bats had been quiet until the bottom of the 8th inning when Jacoby Ellsbury singled, stole second, moved to third on an error by the catcher and scored on a Brian McCann RBI single. After a 35 minute rain delay, Kelly Johnson hit an infield single, scoring Brian Roberts and giving the Yankees the insurance run they needed.
Masahiro Tanaka was absolutely brilliant this afternoon, going eight innings while giving up one unearned run on four hits and striking out nine, dipping his ERA to an American League best 2.06. David Robertson came on to get the save for the Yankees and worked on a scoreless inning, striking out three batters in the process.
— The Yankees will send Chase Whitley to the mound to oppose former Yankee Phil Hughes in the final game of the three game set. Whitley will try to give the Yankees the series win while Hughes will try to send his former teammates home with a sour taste in their mouths. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.