The Yankees look for the sweep behind the resurgent Javier Vazquez, who is making his first consecutive turn in the rotation since May 1. Vazquez is also starting despite suffering a right finger contusion while trying to bunt in the sixth inning of his last start against the Mets. The Twins’ lefty power laden lineup will be Vazquez’ biggest test since being skipped in the rotation. If the righty can navigate through hitters like Mauer, Morneau and Kubell, he very well may have turned the page, giving the Yankees a starting staff that is five members deep.
With Brett Gardner restored to the second slot, Girardi has reversed the lineup change that helped the Yankees win last night’s games. Regardless, the Yankees will need the middle of the order to pick up the pace, especially Mark Teixeira. In Teixeira’s favor tonight is the presence of Twins starter Nick Blackburn, against whom the Yankee first baseman has a lofty .800 batting average (8 for 10).
|vs. Nick Blackburn||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Derek Jeter SS||16||0.364||0.533||0.636||1||3|
|Brett Gardner CF||8||0.250||0.250||0.250||0||0|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||11||0.800||0.818||1.200||1||6|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||12||0.250||0.250||0.500||1||3|
|Robinson Cano 2B||11||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Nick Swisher RF||15||0.250||0.400||0.333||0||2|
|Juan Miranda DH||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Francisco Cervelli C||2||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Kevin Russo LF||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Yankees vs. Twins|
|Season: 2010||Season: 2009||Season: 2008||All-Time|
|NYY: 4-1||NYY: 7-0||NYY: 6-4||NYY: 1105-765|