The New York Yankees (75-47) recorded three monster homers to power starter C.C. Sabathia to his 17th victory of the season, in defeating the Minnesota Twins (54-69) by a final of 8-4 on Thursday
Mark Teixeira (33) and Nick Swisher (15) both hit two-run bombs to go along with a 434 foot homer by Andruw Jones (18), to lead the Bombers power surge at Target Field.
As for Sabathia he had up-and-down day, but seemed to almost regain his ace-type form tossing four shutout innings before finding trouble in the bottom of the seventh. One could see the lefty improving with each inning, mixing up his pitches….as he ended his start with seven innings and nine strike outs.
Sabathia has now won 10 games on the road in three straight years, becoming the first modern day starter to accomplish the feat since Pedro Martinez.
In a reversal of fortunes for both the Yankees and Sabathia, an home run in the bottom of the first inning hit by Justin Morneau, was instead called a foul ball thanks to video replay. The umpires playing a controversial role in the Bombers 5-4 loss to the Royals, got this call correct-as a replay from the Twins TV network showed the ball going foul.
That call helped the lefty settle down, as he was getting hit hard by the Twins starters. The lefty really started to get in a groove in the bottom of the third when he retired eight batters, before giving up a hit in the bottom of the fifth.
Aside from the monster homers, the Yankees also received key offensive outings from Curtis Granderson, who was 3-for-5, recording a triple (10) to deep left center in the top of the third inning.
Phil Hughes (3-4, 6.55 ERA) will take the hill for the Bombers in Game Two, the righty is slated to take on Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.91 ERA) game time is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.
Twins celebrate milestone moment: Minnesota celebrated a milestone moment for slugger Jim Thome before the game on Thursday. Thome, who recorded his 600th career homer on Monday in Detroit, was presented with a myriad of gifts from his teammates-as well as the Twins organization.