Tonight, the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4. Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam in the 7th inning. With the win, the Yankees moved to 23-12 on the season.

Associated Press

Initial Reaction:

A.J. Burnett didn’t have the prettiest line in the world today, but I’m still pleased with it. In 6.2 innings, he gave up seven hits and two earned runs. My issue was the four walks to complement four strikeouts. One walk scored the first Minnesota run. The strike zone was very small tonight, but that’s the way it goes. Damaso Marte only pitched a third of an inning and allowed one earned run. However, although he was lined up to get the win, Joba Chamberlain earned the win today.
On the offensive side of the ball, all that matters was the seventh inning. Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam to move him ahead of Frank Robinson for 7th all time in most career home runs (587).

Positives From The Game:

1-2-3: In the top of the second, A.J. Burnett forced Denard Span into a 1-2-3 double play with no outs. The game could have gotten out of hand early, but A.J. kept things in line.

See Ya!: When Brett Gardner hits a homer, you know it. His home run in the fourth inning was a Teixeira-esque bomb.

An A-BOMB: Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire decided to bring in Matt Guerrier to face Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded. He may not have known that A-Rod was 4-6 in his career against Guerrier with three home runs. He took a 0-1 pitch deep to left center for a grand slam.

Joba: In the top of the eighth inning, Joba Chamberlain struck out the side swinging. A very impressive performance, indeed. He certainly deserved the win over Damaso Marte.

Negatives From The Game:

Swisher’s K: Nick Swisher’s second inning strikeout simply looked painful. He left an inning later, being replaced by Randy Winn in right field. Let’s hope he is doing okay, as the Yankees can’t afford to lose any more outfielders.

Gardy in the 7th: In the seventh inning, Joe Mauer roped a single into center that scored Denard Span, but Gardner airmailed a ball way past the cutoff man and had to be caught by Francisco Cervelli. The errant throw moved Mauer to second. Mauer scored on the next hit, a double by Justin Morneau.

Interesting Facts:

May 24: The next day the Yankees have an off day.

.714: The batting average of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in tonight’s game. If the Yankees want to be successful at all against the Twins this season, this needs to go dramatically down.

.769: Francisco Cervelli’s batting average with runners in scoring position this season.

19: Number of grand slams in Alex Rodriguez’s career.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees have a day game tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. The middle game of this series can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Francisco Liriano (4-1, 2.36 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (4-0, 2.08 ERA)