The last 24 hours for the New York Yankees have been the ultimate roller coaster. Things seemed on the upside yesterday with the return of their perennial Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter. His presence was even immediately felt, recording an infield single in his first at-bat, scoring a run and then eventually landing himself his first RBI of the season.
However, the roller coaster that has been the Yankees 2013 season went downhill quickly.
After leaving the game in the eighth-inning with what we would come to find out was a grade-1 quadricep strain, things immediately took somewhat of a downturn for the Yanks, despite having defeated the Kansas City Royals for their second-straight victory.
But have no fear, because the Minnesota Twins visited the Bronx on Friday to make a three-game stint, which should put a smile on the face of anyone associated with the Yankees.
Having already swept the Twins in a series earlier this month, the trend of success for the Yankees against the men from the Twin Cities was right back in full-swing on Friday night. Not even a lengthy rain delay could help Minnesota as the Yanks took another one in 2013, 2-0.
Although for this year it could be argued that the Twins are just a bad baseball team. However, lets remember that the Yankees aren’t generally having their greatest results either.
In an interesting statistic, the Twins have not won a series at Yankee Stadium under tenured manager Ron Gardenhire. Be it the regular season or the playoffs, the Minnesota ball club just seems to fold whenever in the Yankees’ presence since 2002. The New York Yankees are now owners of a 60-21 record against the Twins in that time period.
Even with Jeter out of the lineup throughout the weekend, the Yankees should still have smooth sailing right into the All-Star break thanks to their friends from Minnesota.
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