MINNEAPOLIS – Here's the Yankees checklist.
Gemini is taken care of – check. On Wednesday night, the Yankees defeated Jake Odorizzi and clinched a 10-7 win over the muscular twins at Target Field, a perfect continuation of their Game of the Year, 14-12, 10-inning victory Tuesday night.
The Yankees have played 30 runs in the three games and the offensive is now coming together, with Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius taking their step.
"The team is good and everyone struggles to play every day and enjoy it while he plays, so I think it's really great," said Gregorius about the winning culture the team has established over.
Some teams talk about culture, others create a winning culture. The Yankees are on it.
Gregorius won the championship belt the night after setting five hits and seven RBIs. He produced three more hits on Wednesday evening with a single, double and triple. In addition, Aaron Judge quietly drives a six-game series, while Edwin Encarnacion celebrated his 30th home game, the eighth season in a row, in which he has completed at least 30 home races. Hicks and Gleyber Torres also met.
If you beat the twins in rock 'em in the last two games, the sock style is good for the ego of the Yankees. If the Twins did not do a triple play in the opener, the Yankees might have made a sweep.
Also on the checklist: Red Sox in the rearview mirror ̵
With the win and Red Sox loss to Rays at the Trop, the Yankees now have a 11-game lead over the defending world champions in the AL East.
The Red Sox are already buried, and shame on the shovel as the Yankees will play four games in Fenway on Thursday.
"We are definitely where we want to be as a team now." Gregorius said. "We play good baseball, we focus on what we can control on this side, and every time you have a chance to play them you have a chance to bury them … that's all you do
That's the perfect setting, and the Yankees are mentally in a good place, though they clearly have a starter jug as JA Happ could not stand the fourth inning.
The second-placed Rays are 10 back.The Yankees have built a cushion and have the best record in the AL.
Aaron Boone was asked what the twins showed him in this series and he said, "They are really good. Your lineup, obviously many switch hitter. You have a few train people, it's a team you have to fight against, otherwise your feelings can be hurt. It's a capable group and it seems like a team is playing with a lot of confidence. Just as Judge said on Tuesday night when he realized that the Yankees will see the twins again, Boone made a similar remark about October. The twins are a team that the Yankees have to go through, "if we want where we want to go. "
This is the time of the statement. The Yankees Hitter continue to be the storm that can not be stopped.
Nestor Cortes Jr. took the fourth place and allowed a run over 3 ¹ / ₃ innings. He handed the game over to Tommy Kahnle, who finished seventh with two outs and two ons and got a huge strike-out by Miguel Sano to end the inning. Kahnle was great in the eighth round and scored two more goals. Aroldis Chapman returned in ninth.
Check this box, too.
It will be interesting to see if the Yankees are worn down by all this beat and playoff atmosphere with the twins.
It can take a while to get out of a team, and for those who cry too much about the Yankees who are resting, this rest is handy in a series like this one.
Can the Yankees keep the emotions against the Red Sox at such a high level? The last two games lasted more than eight hours.
In this case, they ticked another key box.