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New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins: J.A. Happ vs. Jake Odorizzi

Can the Yankees snatch this series from the jaws of defeat?

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At several points yesterday, the Yankees could have lost both the game and the series to the Twins. The Bombers refused to quit however, and now have the opportunity to take a big road series against another contender for home-field advantage. To do so though, they’ll have to find success in their least favorable pitching matchup of this series.

J.A. Happ hasn’t managed to last long in his recent starts, but he’s delivered acceptable performances of late. Happ has compiled 18 strikeouts in his last 15.2 innings, allowing five runs and only one ball to leave the park. The Twins will be a bigger test of that consistency, and they took Happ deep twice when they faced him back in May. Considering the way balls have been flying out of Target Field, we’re likely in store for more of the same.

Jake Odorizzi has had a strong year for the Twins, with a 3.18 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 99 innings, but he’s hit a rough patch. Odorizzi hasn’t made it through six innings in any of his last five starts, and has given up six home runs over his last four appearances. Between these two, the already-taxed bullpens may play a significant factor in the outcome.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. EST, and you can catch the action live on WPIX, or stream in on or You can also listen to the broadcast on WFAN 660/101.9 FM or WADO 1280.