A pair of left-handers will try to improve on their mediocre starts when they take the mound in the second of a four-game MLB Picks
series at Yankee Stadium. New York starter C.C. Sabathia has 13 career wins against Minnesota, but the Twins may have finally found their offense. After scoring only 28 runs in the first nine games, they erupted for seven on Monday. Minnesota may need to produce another big number; the Twins have allowed 17 runs in Francisco Liriano’s two starts this season.
New York shortstop Derek Jeter is off to a great start. He went 2-for-4 on Monday and improved his average to .378. He was the only player in the starting lineup of the first game to have an average over .269.
TV: 7:05 p.m. FSNO (Minnesota), YES (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins LH Francisco Liriano (0-1, 10.00) vs. Yankees LH C.C. Sabathia (0-0, 6.75).
Liriano hasn’t gotten past the fifth inning in either of his two previous starts, which has seen him give up six runs on both occasions. He allowed seven hits and three walks in a no-decision against the Angels in his last start. Liriano has historically pitched well against the Yankees (3.08 ERA, 37 strikeouts in 38 innings) but is only 1-3 in six starts against New York. Check out Best Handicappers
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Sabathia hasn’t gotten past the sixth inning in either of his starts, but he was better in his second outing against the Orioles, when he struck out eight in allowing four runs in six innings. Over his career the big southpaw is 13-8 with a 2.98 ERA and two shutouts against the Twins.
1. The Yankees have won 33 of their last 41 games against the Twins at Yankee Stadium.
2. Minnesota’s Justin Morneau has five homers at New Yankee Stadium in 11 games, but has only five homers in 80 games at Target Field, his home park.