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New York Yankees LogoNEW YORK YANKEES - BATTERSYANKEES - BATTERSBATTERSABRHRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLG
TOTALSTOTALS2755555
BATTING
Home Runs: Didi Gregorius 23 (1, 6th inning off Trevor May, 3 on, 1 Out)RBI: Didi Gregorius (79); Gary Sánchez (47)2-out RISP: Gary Sánchez 2GIDP: Miguel Andújar 1; Gary Sánchez 1; Austin Romine 1SF: Gary Sánchez
FIELDING
Double Plays: (Didi Gregorius-Gleyber Torres-Luke Voit)Passed Balls: Austin Romine
New York Yankees LogoNEW YORK YANKEES - PITCHERSYANKEES - PITCHERSPITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERA
TOTALS8.013109771
PITCHING
Pitches: Sonny Gray 63; Jonathan Loaisiga 47; Tommy Kahnle 33; Stephen Tarpley 28Strikes: Sonny Gray 36; Jonathan Loaisiga 26; Tommy Kahnle 23; Stephen Tarpley 17Ground Balls: Sonny Gray 5; Jonathan Loaisiga 1; Tommy Kahnle 2; Stephen Tarpley 3Fly Balls: Sonny Gray 2; Jonathan Loaisiga 1; Tommy Kahnle 2; Stephen Tarpley 1Batters Faced: Sonny Gray 16; Jonathan Loaisiga 11; Tommy Kahnle 8; Stephen Tarpley 8
Minnesota Twins LogoMINNESOTA TWINS - BATTERSTWINS - BATTERSBATTERSABRHRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLG
TOTALSTOTALS361013977
BATTING
Home Runs: Joe Mauer 6 (1, 5th inning off Tommy Kahnle, 3 on, 1 Out)RBI: Joe Mauer (43); Jorge Polanco (30); Jake Cave (33); Max Kepler (49); Willians Astudillo (8)2-out RBI: Jorge Polanco 12-out RISP: Logan Forsythe 1; Max Kepler 2; Ehire Adrianza 2; Willians Astudillo 2GIDP: Logan Forsythe 1
FIELDING
Double Plays: (Jorge Polanco-Logan Forsythe-Joe Mauer); (Jorge Polanco-Logan Forsythe-Joe Mauer); (Logan Forsythe-Jorge Polanco-Joe Mauer)
Minnesota Twins LogoMINNESOTA TWINS - PITCHERSTWINS - PITCHERSPITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERA
TOTALS9.0555551
PITCHING
Pitches: Tyler Duffey 29; Kohl Stewart 63; Trevor May 11; Taylor Rogers 20; Trevor Hildenberger 9Strikes: Tyler Duffey 17; Kohl Stewart 29; Trevor May 8; Taylor Rogers 14; Trevor Hildenberger 8Ground Balls: Tyler Duffey 3; Kohl Stewart 7; Taylor Rogers 2; Trevor Hildenberger 1Fly Balls: Tyler Duffey 2; Kohl Stewart 1; Taylor Rogers 3Batters Faced: Tyler Duffey 7; Kohl Stewart 15; Trevor May 3; Taylor Rogers 6; Trevor Hildenberger 3Hit Batsman: Kohl Stewart
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 1ST
YANKEES-TOP OF 1ST
TOP OF 1ST
0 RUNS, 1 HIT, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 1 H, 0 E
SINGLE
McCutchen singled to center.
FLIED OUT
Hicks flied out to left fielder Grossman.
GROUND DOUBLE PLAY
Andújar grounded into a double play, shortstop J.Polanco to second baseman Forsythe to first baseman Mauer, McCutchen out.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 1ST
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 1ST
BOTTOM OF 1ST
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
GROUND OUT
Mauer grounded out, shortstop Gregorius to first baseman Voit.
LINE OUT
J.Polanco lined out to shortstop Gregorius.
GROUND OUT
Forsythe grounded out, shortstop Gregorius to first baseman Voit.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 2ND
YANKEES-TOP OF 2ND
TOP OF 2ND
1 RUN, 1 HIT, 0 ERRORS
1 R, 1 H, 0 E
STRIKEOUT
Stanton struck out.
TRIPLE
Gregorius tripled to center.
SACRIFICE FLY
G.Sánchez hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Grossman, Gregorius scored.
GROUND OUT
Voit grounded out, third baseman Adrianza to first baseman Mauer.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 2ND
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 2ND
BOTTOM OF 2ND
0 RUNS, 2 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 2 H, 0 E
LINE OUT
Grossman lined out to center fielder Hicks.
GROUND OUT
Cave grounded out, second baseman Torres to first baseman Voit.
SINGLE
Austin singled to center.
SINGLE
Kepler singled to left, Austin to third.
WALK
Adrianza walked on four pitches, Kepler to second.
FORCE OUT
Astudillo grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Gregorius to second baseman Torres, Adrianza out.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 3RD
YANKEES-TOP OF 3RD
TOP OF 3RD
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
LINEUP CHANGE
Stewart pitching.
GROUND OUT
Romine grounded out, pitcher Stewart to first baseman Mauer.
GROUND OUT
Torres grounded out, second baseman Forsythe to first baseman Mauer.
WALK
McCutchen walked.
CAUGHT STEALING
McCutchen was caught stealing, catcher Astudillo to shortstop J.Polanco, McCutchen out.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 3RD
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 3RD
BOTTOM OF 3RD
3 RUNS, 2 HITS, 0 ERRORS
3 R, 2 H, 0 E
WALK
Mauer walked.
SINGLE
J.Polanco singled to left, Mauer to second.
WALK
Forsythe walked on a full count, Mauer to third, J.Polanco to second.
STRIKEOUT
Grossman struck out.
GROUND DOUBLE PLAY
On Romine's passed ball, Mauer scored, J.Polanco to third, Forsythe to second.
SINGLE
Cave singled to center, J.Polanco scored, Forsythe scored.
STOLEN BASE
Cave stole second.
FLIED OUT
Austin flied out to center fielder Hicks.
STRIKEOUT
Kepler struck out.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 4TH
YANKEES-TOP OF 4TH
TOP OF 4TH
0 RUNS, 1 HIT, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 1 H, 0 E
GROUND OUT
Hicks grounded out, shortstop J.Polanco to first baseman Mauer.
SINGLE
Andújar singled to left.
WALK
Stanton walked, Andújar to second.
WALK
Gregorius walked on four pitches, Andújar to third, Stanton to second.
GROUND DOUBLE PLAY
G.Sánchez grounded into a double play, shortstop J.Polanco to second baseman Forsythe to first baseman Mauer, Gregorius out.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 4TH
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 4TH
BOTTOM OF 4TH
1 RUN, 2 HITS, 0 ERRORS
1 R, 2 H, 0 E
LINEUP CHANGE
Loaisiga pitching.
SINGLE
Adrianza singled to right.
GROUND OUT
Astudillo grounded out, third baseman Andújar to first baseman Voit, Adrianza to second.
STRIKEOUT
Mauer struck out.
DOUBLE
J.Polanco doubled to right, Adrianza scored.
STRIKEOUT
Forsythe struck out.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 5TH
YANKEES-TOP OF 5TH
TOP OF 5TH
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
HIT BY PITCH
Voit was hit by a pitch.
GROUND DOUBLE PLAY
Romine grounded into a double play, second baseman Forsythe to shortstop J.Polanco to first baseman Mauer, Voit out.
POP OUT
Torres popped out to second baseman Forsythe.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 5TH
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 5TH
BOTTOM OF 5TH
6 RUNS, 4 HITS, 0 ERRORS
6 R, 4 H, 0 E
WALK
Grossman walked on a full count.
SINGLE
Cave singled to right, Grossman to second.
WALK
Austin walked on a full count, Grossman to third, Cave to second.
WALK
Kepler walked on four pitches, Grossman scored, Cave to third, Austin to second.
STRIKEOUT
Adrianza struck out.
SINGLE
Astudillo singled to right, Cave scored, Austin to third, Kepler to second.
LINEUP CHANGE
Kahnle pitching.
HOME RUN
Mauer homered to center on a full count, Austin scored, Kepler scored, Astudillo scored.
SINGLE
J.Polanco singled to left.
GROUND DOUBLE PLAY
Forsythe grounded into a double play, shortstop Gregorius to second baseman Torres to first baseman Voit, J.Polanco out.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 6TH
YANKEES-TOP OF 6TH
TOP OF 6TH
4 RUNS, 2 HITS, 0 ERRORS
4 R, 2 H, 0 E
WALK
McCutchen walked.
FORCE OUT
Hicks grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop J.Polanco to third baseman Adrianza, McCutchen out.
SINGLE
Andújar singled to center, Hicks to second.
WALK
Stanton walked on a full count, Hicks to third, Andújar to second.
LINEUP CHANGE
May pitching.
HOME RUN
Gregorius homered to right on a 1-1 count, Hicks scored, Andújar scored, Stanton scored.
STRIKEOUT
G.Sánchez struck out.
STRIKEOUT
Voit struck out.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 6TH
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 6TH
BOTTOM OF 6TH
0 RUNS, 2 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 2 H, 0 E
SINGLE
Grossman hit an infield single to third.
STRIKEOUT
Cave struck out.
STRIKEOUT
Austin struck out.
DOUBLE
Kepler doubled to right, Grossman to third.
FLIED OUT
Adrianza flied out to left fielder Stanton.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 7TH
YANKEES-TOP OF 7TH
TOP OF 7TH
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
LINEUP CHANGE
Rogers pitching.
FLIED OUT
Romine flied out to center fielder Cave.
LINE OUT
Torres lined out to left fielder Grossman.
POP OUT
McCutchen popped out to first baseman Mauer.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 7TH
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 7TH
BOTTOM OF 7TH
0 RUNS, 1 HIT, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 1 H, 0 E
LINEUP CHANGE
Tarpley pitching.
LINE OUT
Astudillo lined out to right fielder McCutchen.
SINGLE
Mauer singled to center.
LINE OUT
J.Polanco lined out to second baseman Torres.
FORCE OUT
Forsythe grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Gregorius to second baseman Torres, Mauer out.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 8TH
YANKEES-TOP OF 8TH
TOP OF 8TH
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
GROUND OUT
Hicks grounded out, third baseman Adrianza to first baseman Mauer.
POP OUT
Andújar popped out to shortstop J.Polanco.
GROUND OUT
Stanton grounded out, pitcher Rogers unassisted.
MINNESOTA TWINS-BOTTOM OF 8TH
TWINS-BOTTOM OF 8TH
BOTTOM OF 8TH
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
WALK
Grossman walked on a full count.
FORCE OUT
Cave grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Torres to shortstop Gregorius, Grossman out.
GROUND OUT
Austin grounded out, shortstop Gregorius to first baseman Voit, Cave to second.
POP OUT
Kepler popped out to left fielder Stanton.
NEW YORK YANKEES-TOP OF 9TH
YANKEES-TOP OF 9TH
TOP OF 9TH
0 RUNS, 0 HITS, 0 ERRORS
0 R, 0 H, 0 E
LINEUP CHANGE
Hildenberger pitching.
GROUND OUT
Gregorius grounded out, pitcher Hildenberger to first baseman Mauer.
STRIKEOUT
G.Sánchez struck out.
STRIKEOUT
Voit struck out.

Mauer's grand slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5

Associated Press

Mauer's grand slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5

Associated Press 9/12/2018 By DAVE CAMPBELL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-- Though the New York Yankees remain on pace to reach the 100-win mark, the threat of being forced to take a cross-country trip for a one-and-done postseason game sure has not disappeared.

This rare lopsided loss to the Minnesota Twins sure didn't help.

Joe Mauer hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run fifth inning, and the Twins beat the Yankees for the first time in 10 meetings, a 10-5 victory on Tuesday night after another flop by Sonny Gray as a starter.

''We've got to do better. We go out and lay an egg like that,'' manager Aaron Boone said, trailing off. ''This is the time where we've got to start playing up to our capabilities and putting our best foot forward every single day.''

New York Yankees' Andrew McCutchen, left, is tagged out by Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco as he attempted to steal second in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. © AP Photo/Jim Mone New York Yankees' Andrew McCutchen, left, is tagged out by Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco as he attempted to steal second in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Didi Gregorius answered Mauer's big bop with his own slam in the sixth. That was the only bright spot for the Yankees, who dropped nine games behind Boston in the AL East race and had their lead over Oakland for the first wild card spot cut to two games. The Athletics won their fifth straight game.

''Can't control what's going on over there,'' Gregorius said. ''Can only control what's going over here.''

The major league leaders in home runs with 234, the Yankees fell to 80-36 in games when they go deep. They grounded into three double plays and had only five hits, none after Gregorius hit his second grand slam against the Twins this year.

''We've got to dig down right now and find it,'' Boone said, ''and try and lock in and get this thing rolling the right way.''

Gray was dropped from the rotation in early August with an 8-8 record and 5.56 ERA. He pitched more aggressively in four relief appearances, then returned to the rotation for a spot start and took a shutout into the seventh inning at Baltimore on Aug. 25. He made one more relief appearance and was given the start against the Twins to allow the rotation an extra day of rest.

Gray (10-9) lasted three innings and allowed three runs - two earned - with four hits and three walks.

''You walk guys,'' Gray said, ''and it will kill you.''

The right-hander refused to acknowledge any added frustration from stumbling in his now-rare opportunity to start. Neither did he allow for any increased pressure the team might be feeling from the A's, his former team.

''We lost one game. We're fine,'' Gray said. ''I feel like everyone's in good spirits.''

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer doffs his helmet after a curtain call following his his grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. © AP Photo/Jim Mone Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer doffs his helmet after a curtain call following his his grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer hits a grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. © AP Photo/Jim Mone Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer hits a grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis.

MAUER POWER

Gregorius tripled and scored on Gary Sanchez's sacrifice fly for a second-inning lead, and Gray gave it back in a three-run third fueled by a two-run single by former Yankees farmhand Jake Cave. Jonathan Loaisiga fared even worse, forcing in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Max Kepler in the fifth.

Boone appeared to argue with plate umpire James Hoye that the third ball to Kepler actually grazed his bat for a foul ball. Three batters later, Mauer crushed a full-count fastball to center field where it landed in the berm beyond the wall. He came out for a curtain call after his fifth career grand slam, tying Tony Oliva for fourth place in Twins history with 597 extra-base hits.

New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga throws against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. © AP Photo/Jim Mone New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga throws against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. Players from both teams, including New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17), joined with police and first responders during the national anthem following a tribute to 9/11 victims and survivors prior to a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Yankees, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. Tom Barnett Jr. was aboard Flight 93 which went down in Pennsylvania. © AP Photo/Jim Mone Players from both teams, including New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17), joined with police and first responders during the national anthem following a tribute to 9/11 victims and survivors prior to a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Yankees, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. Tom Barnett Jr. was aboard Flight 93 which went down in Pennsylvania.

''He's just got that ability to not let emotion or moments overtake his ability to perform,'' manager Paul Molitor said.

The Yankees are 96-34 against the Twins, including the playoffs, and have won every season series since the start of 2002. They outscored the Twins 66-23 over the nine-game winning streak that ended.

''It's always nice to beat those guys,'' Mauer said, ''I'll tell you that.''

Tom Barnett Sr., in wheelchair, waves as the family was recognized during a tribute to 9/11 prior to a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. Tom Barnett Jr. was aboard Flight 93 which went down in Pennsylvania. © AP Photo/Jim Mone Tom Barnett Sr., in wheelchair, waves as the family was recognized during a tribute to 9/11 prior to a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. Tom Barnett Jr. was aboard Flight 93 which went down in Pennsylvania.

THE OPENER

New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. © AP Photo/Jim Mone New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Kohl Stewart (1-1) earned his first major league victory despite walking five batters in 3 1/3 innings. He followed reliever Tyler Duffey, who pitched two innings as a bullpen opener in the latest experiment by the Twins with a new trend that Tampa Bay started. This was their first win in three tries with the arrangement.

''I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm just saying it's different,'' Duffey said. ''It worked today. If it works the next time around or doesn't, who knows?''

DON'T JUDGE

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge missed his 44th game after being hit by a pitch that broke his right wrist, but for the second straight afternoon he put on a powerful batting practice display in addition to some defensive drills. Boone declined to divulge a specific timeline for Judge's return to the lineup, but the manager is clearly eager for that to occur. More clarity will come after Judge's workouts this weekend at Yankee Stadium, Boone said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: With Boone preferring Austin Romine as the backstop for Gray, Sanchez moved from behind the plate to take a turn as the DH.

Twins: Tyler Austin was the DH for the Twins, after a four-game absence because of back tightness. Traded by the Yankees to the Twins on July 30 for right-hander Lance Lynn, Austin made his first appearance against his original team. He singled and walked in five plate appearances.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (17-7, 3.52 ERA) will pitch the last game of the series, coming off his shortest turn of the season with six hits and six runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings in a loss at Oakland last week. After an off day on Thursday, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia and Lynn will be the weekend starters against Toronto.

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-10, 4.57 ERA) will take the mound on Wednesday night, reaching the 30-start mark for the third time in five years.

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer, left, celebrates his his grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle with Williams Astudillo n the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. © AP Photo/Jim Mone Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer, left, celebrates his his grand slam off New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle with Williams Astudillo n the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Minneapolis.

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