J.A. Happ is on the bump for the Yankees, which is almost as welcomed a sign as the Twins on the schedule. Aside from one blemish, Happ has been outstanding for New York, including his last start in Oakland, where he allowed just a pair of hits in six one-run innings against an emphatic Athletics offense. Happ carries a 3.90 ERA into the series opener.
The Twins, who have been a big disappointment after their surprise trip to the playoffs last season, will counter with Kyle Gibson, who had a strong start of his own in his last appearance. He held a powerful Astros offense to just a pair of earned runs over seven innings to temporarily break the spell of a rough August, where he posted an ERA over five.
Here are the lineups for the series opener in Minnesota. Greg Bird gets the start at first base against the righty Gibson. The game can be seen on YES, FOX Sports GO, or MLB Network for out of market areas. It can be heard on the FAN, WADO or WCCO in the Minnesota area. Plus th