Yankees Overall Record: 24-13
Series MVP: Alex Rodriguez
Quote of the series: comes from manager Joe Girardi on the value Rodriguez adds to the team.
"I just kind of kept my mouth shut and watched the game unfold,” Girardi said."The Yankees dominant streak against the Minnesota Twins continued through much of the weekend in the Bronx. Through Saturday's game the Yankees had beat the Twins 12 consecutive games. With Sunday's loss, the Twins were able to beat the Yanks for the first time since the 2008 season, this includes a sweep in the 2009 ALDS.
Friday's victory could not have come at a better time for the struggling Yankees. Rodriguez was 2-3 with a huge grand slam, the 19th of his career, which is the second most all time. The blast was also Rodriguez' 587th all time, which allowed him to pass Frank Robinson for seventh on the all time home run leader list. The game also brought a better performance from AJ Burnett after his horrendous start in Boston. He pitched 6.2 solid innings, allowing only 3 runs overall but only 2 of them were earned.
Saturday's game was more of the same for the Yankees. Andy Pettitte pitched for the first time in a week and boy did he look amazing. He allowed zero runs while pitching 6.1 innings. The offense scored seven runs against the Twins. The offensive hero of Saturday's game was Mark Teixeira. Texeira hit a two-run home run, proving that he was over his April slump. Jorge Posada also hit a two run-home run, his sixth of the season showing he was well over the calf strain that kept him out of the lineup during the past series.
Sunday's game was looking like it was going to be a series sweep. The Yankees had a lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, with a score of 3-1. Normally, that is more then enough of a lead for the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera. Rivera was uncharacteristically wild however. He walked in a run while the bases were loaded and then served up a grand slam. Consequently, the Yankees were beat 6-3.
Next Up: The Boston Red Sox come to town for a short two game series. Phil Hughes will pitch game one Monday.