The Yankees sent their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to oppose Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins, and while Tanaka wasn’t “vintage Tanaka”, he was still good enough to help the Yankees secure a 7-4 victory at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
After the Yankees were down 2-0 in the fifth inning, the Yankees had a four run outburst against their former teammate on a three-run home run by Carlos Beltran and a solo-shot by Zelous Wheeler. The Yankees scored three more runs in the seventh inning on a Brendan Ryan double, a Brett Gardner single and a fielders choice by Derek Jeter.
Masahiro Tanaka didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he was able to go seven innings while giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out three. Dellin Betances came in the game to pitch a scoreless eighth and David Robertson came in to pitch a scoreless ninth, earning his 19th save of the season.