The Yankees will head home after completing their seven-game road trip with a 3-4 record. The Twins have been playing well lately, going 6-3 during their last home stand. Both teams enter the series with 22-12 records.

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Reigning AL MVP, Joe Mauer, has been battling a nagging heel injury that caused him to miss seven games in the last two weeks. He has played three games since the injury and has went 4 for 8. However, he has only caught once in those three contests. Mauer has thrown out only five of thirteen base stealers this year. Look for the Yankees to take advantage of a dinged Mauer on the base paths.

The Yankees were 10-0 against the Twins last season, including an exciting four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium that featured three walk-off victories. The Yankees also swept the Twins in the 2009 ALDS.

The pitching match-ups in this series are very intriguing. Minnesota will send out its three best arms while the Yankees will send out three pitchers who all have something to prove this weekend. AJ Burnett was roughed up last Sunday in Boston. Andy Pettitte has been battling a nagging elbow injury.

Pitching Match-Ups

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Scott Baker (4-2, 4.57 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (4-1, 3.40 ERA)

Career Stats:
Baker: 2-1, 4.20 ERA
Burnett: 2-1, 3.72 ERA

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: Francisco Liriano (4-1, 2.36 ERA)vs. Andy Pettitte (4-0, 2.08 ERA)

Career Stats:
Liriano: 0-1, 2.77 ERA
Pettitte: 9-5, 3.70 ERA

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: Nick Blackburn (3-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. **Sergio Mitre (0-1, 3.86 ERA)

Career Stats:
Blackburn: 0-1, 5.89 ERA
Mitre: Has Never Faced The Twins.

**Due to Wednesday’s double header, the Yankees have yet to announce a starter for Sunday’s game, but we suspect it will be Mitre.