Friday, June 24, 2016

Tanaka eyeing second straight win over Twins

Home has not been quite so sweet to Masahiro Tanaka this season, something that the Yankees right-hander will attempt to reverse when his club opens a three-game weekend series with the Twins on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Left-hander Tommy Milone will start for Minnesota, in what will mark his first big league start since April 25 against the Indians.
Tanaka has compiled a 4.60 ERA over seven starts in the Bronx this season, compared to a sterling 1.32 mark on the road. His ERA was also higher at home last year, but the difference has never been this drastic.
"There's seasons where you do well at home, and there's seasons where you do better away on the road," Tanaka said. "Throughout my career, it's been like that. Maybe this season has been something like that, but I don't really look into that much."
Tanaka is coming off eight innings of one-run, seven-hit ball to defeat the Twins on Friday at Target Field, a series in which the Yankees took three of four games.
Three things to know about this game
• Carlos Beltran is swinging a hot bat for the Bombers, having slugged 19 home runs in 68 games this season. That matches his 2015 total, which took 134 games to amass. The switch-hitting veteran has homered in three of his last five games and six of his last 13.
• Alex Rodriguez enjoyed a two-homer game against Milone last July 25, hitting a solo shot and a two-run blast in an 8-5 Yankees win at Target Field. Rodriguez has 695 career home runs and is eyeing the 700-homer milestone.
• Eduardo Escobar had a busy evening the last time that the Twins faced Tanaka, raking a second-inning double, singling in the fourth inning and flying out in the seventh. He added a ninth-inning homer off Nick Goody in the Twins' 8-2 loss.

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