The "role" Aaron Boone said was he sure the Yankees were ready to move on?
It could only be here.
Supported by two more extra-base hits from the ridiculously hot Miguel Andujar, a homer from the perhaps suddenly hot Giancarlo Stanton and a Grand Slam from Didi Gregorius, the Yankees beat the Twins, 14-1, Monday night in the stadium ,
The Yankees had 13 hits, including four home runs and four doubles. They also received a fantastic start from Masahiro Tanaka, who are a season-best three games over .500 at 12-9 and have their first three-game winning streak of the year. They improved to 5-2 on a homestand having three games remaining against the Twins, a personal sandbag for the past 1
Stanton went 4-for-4, including his fifth homer, a 435-foot rocket halfway up the bleachers in the fifth, which made it 5-1. He also had a walk and two RBIs.
Andujar, who in the third position threw a hammerlock on the starting grid, went with a homer and a double 2-for-4, making seven games in a row with at least one extra base hit.
The other Yankees to achieve this before the age of 24 (since 1908) were Mickey Mantle (1955) and Joe DiMaggio (1937).
Gary Sanchez started with a double two-run double in first-right twins Jake Odorizzi
Top Prospect Gleyber Torres took a single player into the middle to start the eighth, the first goal of his major league career. He came to Gregorius' second career Grand Slam, which made it 12-1. Gregorius has seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 21 games.
Tyler Austin's two-run Homer Off Twins midfielder Ryan LaMarre later in the inning made it 14-1.
Tanaka, who had made a terrible performance seven days ago when he allowed seven runs (six earned) in five innings in a 9-1 loss to the Marlins, was terrific. He allowed a run and three strokes in 6 2/3 innings, allowing Boone to give even more calm to a bullpen who has gotten his share for three straight games. Tanaka (3-2, 5:28) went two and beat five.
"While we are not playing our best ball right now," Boone said after losing the Marlins, "I'm pretty sure we'll get it rolling." The Yankees seem to have supported him.
After Tanaka had seconded a runner in the first round, the Yankees fell to the bottom of the innings, scored three runs and forced Odorizzi (1-2, 4.50) to throw 34 games.
Sanchez improved at this time to 12 for his last 34, including 7-for-20 at this homestead, as he drove a 0-and-1 fastball into the gap in the left center for the double victory double. Aaron Hicks then fought the Odorizzi for nine scores, lining up the last, full-count fastball, rightly for the RBI singles to make it 3-0.
Andujar beat Odorizzi 4-0 in the first inning. He jumped on a fastball and put him on the left line for his third homer. The third baseman, who is 13-for-25 with three homers and eight RBIs during this homestead, added a double in the sixth.
The Twins hit with two outs in the fifth. Tanaka's nine-year-old Streicher retired when he met LaMarre. Jason Castro and Brian Dozier, who extended his strike series to 24 games from last year, opted for a 4-1.
Aaron Judge doubled in the seventh, scoring on Stanton's third goal of the night, a smoked single to the left it made 6-1. Austin's one-two win in the inning gave the Yankees an 8-1 lead.