Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pineda, Santana to duel as Yanks, Twins continue set

The Yankees' Michael Pineda and the Twins' Ervin Santana will make their second consecutive starts against each other's teams in the second of a three-game series between Minnesota and New York at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Santana picked up his second win of the season on Sunday after holding the Yankees to three runs (two earned) and six hits through 7 1/3 innings in a 7-4 Twins victory. It was his longest outing since May 19 and snapped a five-start losing streak.
Pineda pounded the zone in his last outing on June 18, striking out nine Twins without allowing a walk. But he was touched for four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings and was left with a no-decision as the Yankees tagged the Minnesota bullpen for seven late runs to come from behind and win.
Three things to know about this game
• Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki entered Friday hitting .364 in June -- the fourth-highest mark in the American League among hitters with at least 50 plate appearances this month -- and he added two more hits in the Twins' 5-3 series-opening loss.
• Santana is 6-9 with a 5.96 ERA in 18 career starts against the Yankees.
• Pineda has allowed 10 of his 13 home runs at home, where he has a 6.20 ERA in seven starts this season.

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