Right-hander Tyler Duffey might be running out of chances to prove he still belongs in the Twins' starting rotation. That opportunity will come Sunday afternoon in the series finale against Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees in New York.
The Yankees, who have won three in a row to move a game above .500, have been victorious in five of the six games against the Twins this year entering the finale of the season series.
Duffey has allowed at least four earned runs in seven consecutive starts and lasted only three innings against the Phillies on Tuesday, matching season-high marks with six runs allowed and three home runs allowed. He is 2-6 with a 6.18 ERA.
Eovaldi will make his second consecutive start against the Twins after yielding four runs over 5 1/3 innings last Sunday. The hard-throwing righty had only two strikeouts in a 7-4 Twins win.
Things to know about this game
• Eovaldi has a 9.00 ERA in four June starts. He has not made it out of the sixth inning this month, with opponents hitting at a robust .356/.396/.667 clip against him.
• The Twins are averaging 4.15 runs of support for Duffey this season, down from a remarkable 7.22 in 2015. That's the second-best run support among the Twins' five current starters, behind only Ricky Nolasco (5.36).
• Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki owns a .316 lifetime batting average over the Yankees, his second-highest mark against any team behind only the Red Sox (.338).