Game 97 / 55-42 / 1st / +6.5G : Whatever mojo happens in Larry’s Laboratory, the results are taking shape before our eyes. Nathan Eovaldi is steadily becoming a solid force in the starting rotation, and today he turned in the length the Yankees have been looking for — pitching into the 9th and getting big outs along the way when he needed. A project for pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Eovaldi is now 10-2 (4.27) and positioning himself nicely for the number three starter slot.
New York’s offense answered the bell again this afternoon at Target Field, led by Chase Headley‘s 5th inning home run and a 6-run sixth inning outburst that put the contest out of reach for Minnesota.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 7, Twins 2
“It was real nice. I feel like it’s the best start I’ve had all year. I had the fastball working, and I got a lot of swing and misses with my split as well. Jacoby Ellsbury had two great plays in the outfield early on, I was able to get double-play balls when I needed to. It was a big win for us.” ‐ Nathan Eovaldi
(h/t: Bryan Hoch and Betsy Helfand / MLB.com)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1948, Babe Ruth makes his last public appearance, at the New York premiere of the film The Babe Ruth Story. He will die three weeks later. Here’s a brutal movie critic review from the New York Times … (h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Today’s victory puts the Yankees a season-high 13 games over .500, and most importantly a full 8 game lead in the loss column over the second place Toronto Blue Jays — not to mention a 6th straight series win.