The Yankees have scored 36 runs in 5 games against the Twins this year. They got 8 last night, with big hits from Robi Cano and Bobby Abreu, and the usual multi-hit night from Jeter, who also made a sweet jumping play in the field. Chien Ming Wang was his usual excellent self (7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs), and the game was closed with 3 consecutive ks by Edwar Ramirez, in his ML debut. His wacky offspeed pitch, which dips like a knuckler, made the Twins look like cartoon sluggers, but Ramirez got a bit of help from Ron Kulpa’s immense strike zone.
Today will be tougher for the pinstripers. Johan Santana is on the hill for the Twins, and he’ll face Old Man Moose. Can the Yanks win this one for their aging Gipper? The Boss turns 78 today. Happy Birthday George. Happy Birthday America. Play ball!