Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rude guests: Yanks feel at home at Target Field

Target Field may as well be a home away from home for the Yankees, who have a 20-5 record in the Twins' new ballpark and haven't lost a season series to the Twins since 2001. They will look to keep making themselves at home, and secure the series win, against Ricky Nolasco in the third game of the four-game set on Saturday afternoon.
Nolasco has been solid in two of his three June starts, including his last time out Monday, when he allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings in the Twins' 9-4 victory over the Angels. He brings a 3-4 record and a 5.12 ERA into the matchup.
The Yankees will counter with right-hander Michael Pineda, who has settled down in June after a rough May, in which he went 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA. He has since posted three straight solid starts, striking out 20 while walking four to go with a 2.89 ERA.
Things to know about this game
• Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman entered Friday third among hitters with a minimum of 100 plate appearances with his 1.014 OPS, trailing only David Ortiz (1.138) and Matt Joyce (1.040). He went 1-for-4 in Friday's loss.
• The Yankees' bullpen is averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings, which is the highest in the Major Leagues and would break the single-season MLB record of 10.25 set by the 2014 Yankees.
• The last time Nolasco faced the Yankees at home was July 6, 2014, when he allowed six runs in two innings.

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