The Yankees kicked off their homestand on the right foot, as they collected a 6-3 win over the Twins on Friday night in the Bronx. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Friday's game...
1) James Paxton had been coming along for the Yankees in his previous starts, but now New York will hope they didn't lose him to the injury bug. After three innings, Paxton walked right down into the tunnel with what was revealed to be left knee soreness. He left to get an MRI on the knee to see the damage. He allowed one run on two hits with three walks and one strikeout.
2) "The Kraken" came to play tonight. Gary Sanchez smashed two homers for his ninth and 10th long balls of the season. He finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
3) The Yankees bullpen picked up the slack for Paxton, except for Zack Britton. He allowed a two-run homer to Nelson Cruz to cut the Yankees' lead to 6-3. Jonathan Holder, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman all put up scoreless innings.
4) Mike Tauchman continues to struggles at the plate, with an 0-for-4 performance. His average on the year is now .174.
5) Other than Sanchez carrying the way, Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner each collected an RBI on the night.
2nd of the night.- New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 4, 2019
10th of the season. pic.twitter.com/4HBYT0D22x
Ground Control to Major Sánchez ... pic.twitter.com/GpF9xG583W- New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 4, 2019
And we're back. Gleyber opens up the scoring. pic.twitter.com/0eUjWXwLyY- New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 3, 2019
The Yankees and Twins continue their series on on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. It will be Jake Odorizzi and J.A. Happ on the bump.