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    Twins beat the Yankees!

    I know its early in the season, but coming back from 4 down in the Bronx where the Twins have been terrible is a great insight to their mental toughness. Go Twins!


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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Really happy with the late effort. Coming back against tue back of that bullpen is very very difficult.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    I didn't think we had a chance, but I'm glad I kept watching. Great game!



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    OMG YEAH FOR YOU!!! Not really sure winning one of 162 games deserves a thread.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    OMG YEAH FOR YOU!!! Not really sure winning one of 162 games deserves a thread.
    Because the Yankees have been the demise of the Twins for years.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    OMG YEAH FOR YOU!!! Not really sure winning one of 162 games deserves a thread.
    It does when you're 7-31 at new York since 2002 and New York has won something like 18 out of the last 21.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    I understand that you're excited about beating the Yanks for once, but when they win a series against them, let me know. But comeback win in extras is impressive. I'll give them that.

    Fun fact, did you know that the Twins have only one a series against the Yankees twice in the last 20 years? 1992 and in 2001.

    In a related note, I love baseball-reference.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    I'm pretty happy, especially considering we had to fight back to do it. I think if you go back and look at our most recent games against the Yankees, most have been decided by an extremely small margin, usually a 1-run win or loss. And with the Yankees capable of taking us deep at any time (see 7 of 8 runs this season), we're usually losing the close ones. That we could come back and beat them by just a run is pretty nice.

    Hopefully we'll get those bats come alive more consistently. Usually it's either there early, or late, allowing the Yankees' extremely strong lineup to hang around and power their way to a win.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    They won a game last year pretty much the same way...I believe it was 4-2 when Kubel hit the GS off Rivera in the bottom of the 8th on May 16th...

    Needless to say, that did exactly zero for their mentality.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    They won a game last year pretty much the same way...I believe it was 4-2 when Kubel hit the GS off Rivera in the bottom of the 8th on May 16th...

    Needless to say, that did exactly zero for their mentality.
    Actually, after that, they lost 2 games to the Yankees, each by 1 run (both with go ahead homers, including a Swisher HR in the top of the 9th), but then proceeded to crush the Yankees 8-2. Then they got swept during the playoffs.

    Thing about the Yankees is, the Twins just aren't consistent when they're batting. We'll either get runs early and shut down, or be quiet until it's essentially too late. Meanwhile, the Yankees seem to be able to pull home runs out of any spot on that lineup.

    My joy with this has less to do with the Yankees themselves, but rather the fact the team was able to pull off a tough win, especially after getting torn apart by Toronto.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    That was an awesome game to watch. I loved seeing Gardy smile in the dugout after the win, something I've never seen him do in Yankee stadium.

    Hopefully this win will give the team confidence to do it again deeper into the season and then the playoffs. Because you know were going to go head-to-head with them this fall.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    They won a game last year pretty much the same way...I believe it was 4-2 when Kubel hit the GS off Rivera in the bottom of the 8th on May 16th...

    Needless to say, that did exactly zero for their mentality.
    Exactly.

    Win was awesome - but it's meaningless until the Twins actually beat the Yankees in the playoffs.

    Was impressed with the Duensing finished last night - got down early, and then just kept fighting and kept the Twins in it.

    Quote Originally Posted by edr247 View Post
    Actually, after that, they lost 2 games to the Yankees, each by 1 run (both with go ahead homers, including a Swisher HR in the top of the 9th), but then proceeded to crush the Yankees 8-2. Then they got swept during the playoffs.

    Thing about the Yankees is, the Twins just aren't consistent when they're batting. We'll either get runs early and shut down, or be quiet until it's essentially too late. Meanwhile, the Yankees seem to be able to pull home runs out of any spot on that lineup.

    My joy with this has less to do with the Yankees themselves, but rather the fact the team was able to pull off a tough win, especially after getting torn apart by Toronto.
    For sustained success, the Twins need to score runs on the Yankees and not allow Riviera in the game in a save situation - kind of like last night, except I would prefer the Twins scoring more runs throughout the game. If the Yankees hand over the game to Riviera with a lead, it's over for the Twins, because Riviera is just a Twins killer (okay, he does that with almost every team he faces, but he straight up victimizes the Twins). Yeah, Kubel has that GS off Riviera last year, but even Kubel admits Riviera made a mistake on his cutter on that pitch - something he almost never does.

    As far as the Twins getting torn apart in Toronto, that really doesn't concern me - that happens almost EVERY year.


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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Yay for you.


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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Yeah, Kubel has that GS off Riviera last year, but even Kubel admits Riviera made a mistake on his cutter on that pitch - something he almost never does.
    It will never make sense in my mind how people don't just hammer the hell out of the cutter. You know EXACTLY what's coming. It's not like he's going to fool you. It's going to be a cutter. Yes he places it exactly where he wants it the majority of the time, but its still the same cutter.



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    Re: Twins beat the Yankees!

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    It will never make sense in my mind how people don't just hammer the hell out of the cutter. You know EXACTLY what's coming. It's not like he's going to fool you. It's going to be a cutter. Yes he places it exactly where he wants it the majority of the time, but its still the same cutter.
    My guess would be because batters are conditioned to look for the fastball (or, at least that's what I kept reading from some of baseball's best hitters when I skimmed the SI MLB preview). The problem being Riviera's cutter looks exactly like a fastball until it cuts in on the batter, and instead of hitting it with the barrel of the bat, the batter hits it with the handle, which is what causes the bat to shatter and creates so many easy outs.


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