Twins hoping to cool off Luke Voit, Yankees

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Field Level Media
21 Aug 2021, 15:55 GMT+10

Luke Voit was affectional erstwhile helium implored New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone for accrued playing clip earlier this week.

Voit has backed up his plea, and it is coinciding with the Yankees going connected their champion tally of the season.

The Yankees volition beryllium hard-pressed to support Voit retired of the lineupSaturday day erstwhile they big the Minnesota Twins and spell for their season-high ninth consecutive victory.

New York kept rolling erstwhile it recorded a 10-2 triumph Friday nighttime for its archetypal triumph by much than 5 runs since Aug. 4. Voit went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs, getting a two-run single, an RBI treble and a solo homer.

Voit is hitting .500 (11-for-22) implicit his past six games, a agelong that includes Tuesday, erstwhile helium drove successful 3 runs successful a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox and afterward said helium deserved to play arsenic overmuch arsenic Anthony Rizzo.

"He's a bully subordinate and a bully hitter," Boone said. "He's mislaid a batch of at-bats dealing with antithetic injuries this year, truthful I cognize that part's been frustrating for him, but erstwhile he's successful the lineup, he's a truly bully hitter successful this league.

"So, I'm definite everyone's going to gully each decision similar everyone ever does that it's due to the fact that of this. It's not due to the fact that of that -- he's a bully hitter. He's a bully subordinate and he's gotten immoderate large hits for america present implicit the past week and a large nighttime tonight."

Rizzo's acquisition was necessitated by Voit's 3 stints connected the injured list. There was a accidental the 2020 large league location tally person could person gotten traded, particularly if Giancarlo Stanton had been incapable to play the outfield.

Stanton has made a seamless modulation to the field, creating at-bats astatine designated hitter for Voit to the payment of New York, which is 20-5 since dropping 3 of 4 astatine Boston from July 22-25.

The Twins are hoping Saturday goes importantly amended than the archetypal 2 games of this series. With slugger Miguel Sano connected the paternity list, Minnesota mustered lone 4 hits Friday.

Josh Donaldson deed a two-run homer and Jorge Polanco went 0-for-4 aft driving successful 3 runs successful Thursday's 7-5 loss, but the Twins took solace successful getting 5 innings from rookie Charlie Barnes to assistance an overtaxed bullpen.

"Getting arsenic galore pitches and arsenic galore outs arsenic we could was precise important. He knew that," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "You whitethorn not spot the benefits of it now, but (now) we're not down successful the bullpen."

The Twins are 10-27 against the Yankees since the commencement of the 2015 play (2-16 successful their past 18 games successful New York) and volition look Gerrit Cole (11-6, 3.04 ERA) successful Saturday's affair.

Cole volition marque his 2nd commencement aft a palmy instrumentality from COVID-19 connected Monday. After not pitching since July 29 and missing 12 games portion experiencing mild symptoms, Cole allowed 1 run, 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts successful 5 2/3 innings of a 2-1 triumph implicit the Los Angeles Angels.

Cole is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA successful 2 vocation starts against the Twins. He past faced them June 9 successful Minnesota erstwhile helium allowed 2 runs connected 5 hits successful six innings of a 9-6 triumph portion getting 2 of his 9 strikeouts connected Donaldson, who had questioned him and different pitchers for utilizing overseas substances amid baseball's crackdown.

Minnesota, which has utilized 32 pitchers truthful acold this season, starts Kenta Maeda (6-4, 4.41).

Maeda past pitched successful a 12-0 triumph implicit the Tampa Bay Rays a week agone erstwhile helium allowed 3 hits successful six innings.

Maeda is 3-1 with a 2.98 ERA successful his past 8 starts and has allowed 3 earned runs oregon less successful 7 of those. Before his effectual eight-start stretch, Maeda was 3-3 with a 5.56 ERA successful his archetypal 12 outings.

Maeda is facing the Yankees for the archetypal time.

--Field Level Media

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