Back in spring training, did you think the first Yankee starter to 10 wins would be Nathan Eovaldi?
But that is what happened Sunday as Eovaldi improved his record to 10-2 when the Yanks beat the Twins 7-2.
The win gives the Yanks a 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East.
Minnesota scored a run in the third but the Yanks tied it up in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley (9).
The Yanks then exploded for six runs in the sixth. Gardner singled and Teixeria and McCann walked to load the bases with no one out. After Beltran struck out, Jones singled in one and Headley singled in two to make it 4-1. Then, finally, a squeeze play! The Yanks hardly ever do it, but should do it with guys like Didi and Drew. Didi squeezed home a run to make it 5-1, then Drew hit a 2-run HR (13) to make it 7-1.
The Twins got a run in the 8th for the final score of 7-2.
Eovaldi, who hasn’t been going deep into games, went 8 today.
Eovaldi (W, 10-2, 4.27) 8 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Wilson, 0 IP (2 batters) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.57.
Betances 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.38.
The Yanks now head down to Texas.
Big pickup for KC today. The defending AL Champs, who have the best record in the AL right now, picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds. Cueto is one of the best starters in baseball.