American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 3rd
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (44-39) at Minnesota Twins (36-44), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - CC Sabathia (8-6, 4.15)
Minnesota - P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.03)
(Sports Network) - CC Sabathia tries to pitch the New York Yankees to a third
straight win on Wednesday when they continue their four-game set with the
Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Sabathia failed to pick up career win No. 200 on Friday in Baltimore. The big
left-hander was cruising through five innings, but the wheels came off in the
sixth, as he allowed three runs. He ended up with the loss and gave up four
runs and five hits in seven innings to fall to 8-6 on the year to go along
with a 4.15 ERA.
Nobody is happier to see the calendar turn than Sabathia, who surrendered four
or more runs in four of his five June starts, while compiling a 5.11 ERA.
"I feel like I'm wasting starts," Sabathia said. "I'm feeling great and
throwing the ball good. I've just not been able to put together a whole start.
It's just frustrating."
Sabathia is 16-8 lifetime versus the Twins with a 2.97 ERA in 32 starts.
Minnesota, meanwhile, will counter with righty P.J. Walters, who is 2-4 with a
6.03 ERA. Walters lost his third straight start and fourth consecutive
decision on Friday against Kansas City and was pounded to the tune of six runs
in just three innings.
"That's two in a row where I hadn't done my job," said Walters, who has never
faced the Yankees. "Falling behind, obviously, last week it was walking guys,
today it was falling behind and giving up hits. Either way it was two bad ones
in a row. I've got to come back and straighten some things out."
On Tuesday, Phil Hughes turned in a second straight strong outing and received
some much-needed offensive support in New York's 7-3 win.
Hughes (4-7) stopped a three-start losing skid, during which the Yankees
totaled a combined two runs, by yielding just one run on six hits over seven
sharp innings. The effort came five days after the right-hander tossed eight
frames of two-run ball in a hard-luck 2-0 defeat to Texas.
"I just tried to stay aggressive, it seemed like they were as well and that
played to my advantage," said Hughes. "Got a lot of quick outs, I made a
couple mistakes but got away with most of them."
He got plenty of help on Tuesday, with Robinson Cano homering for a third
consecutive game as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI night and Alberto Gonzalez
also collected two hits and drove in three runs.
Brian Dozier had a two-run double in the ninth inning for Minnesota and Joe
Mauer delivered an RBI single in the loss, the Twins' sixth in eight tilts.
Samuel Deduno (4-3) worked six innings for Minnesota and was reached for three
runs on five hits.
New York won four of its seven matchups with the Twins last season.
07/03 10:34:03 ET