Yankees 5-1 Twins: Stanton’s blast, Rodon’s arm clinch win

New York Yankees starting pitcher Carlos Rodón delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Minneapolis.
John Allen
Tuesday May 14, 2024

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New York Yankees 5-1 Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — A commanding home run by Yankees powerhouse Giancarlo Stanton, combined with a determined performance from pitcher Carlos Rodón, led New York to a 5-1 triumph over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Rodón overcame a shaky start to deliver over six solid innings, clinching the victory.

Alex Verdugo‘s timely double brought in two runs, helping the New York Yankees stretch their winning streak to nine out of the last twelve games. The Yankees continue to excel in Minnesota, holding an impressive 29-15 record at Target Field. This achievement maintains their status as the visiting team with the highest winning percentage at the stadium.

Rodón Bounces Back After Early Stumble

Carlos Rodón (4-2) had a challenging start, giving up a leadoff home run to Ryan Jeffers in the first inning and allowing a total of three hits in that frame. Despite these early setbacks, Rodón found his rhythm, spreading out six hits over his outing without walking any batters. He struck out six before exiting after Carlos Santana led off the seventh with a single. Notably, Rodón had retired 11 straight batters before Santana’s hit.

Rodón’s reliability remains evident, having allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his ten starts this season. Ian Hamilton took over in relief, keeping the Twins off the scoreboard. He gave up a single but stranded both runners, pitching two scoreless innings. Clay Holmes then secured the win with a flawless ninth inning.

Yankees Take Control Behind Paddack’s Struggles

Minnesota’s right-hander Chris Paddack (4-2), who came into the game on a three-game winning streak, saw his momentum halted by the Yankees. Paddack struggled with his control, giving up a season-high 12 hits and allowing five runs over his five innings. This resulted in just the fourth loss for Minnesota in their last 21 games.

The Yankees began to erase the early deficit in the second inning. Oswaldo Cabrera drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Anthony Volpe followed with an RBI double to tie the game. Giancarlo Stanton delivered the decisive blow in the third inning, smashing a 427-foot home run – the hardest hit of the night at 114 mph – into the Twins’ bullpen in left-center field.

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Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.80 ERA) is set to pitch for the Yankees on Wednesday in the second game of their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins will oppose him with right-hander Pablo López (4-2, 3.89 ERA).

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