The "role" that Aaron Boone said he was sure the Yankees were ready to go up?
I could be here.
Aided by two more extra-base hits from the ridiculously hot Miguel Andujar, a home run by perhaps sudden Giancarlo Stanton and a grand slam by Didi Gregorius, the Yankees beat the Twins, 14-1, on Monday night at the Stadium.
The Yankees had 13 hits, including four homers and four doubles. They also received an excellent start from Masahiro Tanaka, they are the three best games of the season with .500 to 12-9 and have their first streak of three consecutive victories of the year. They improved to 5-2 on a home stay that has three games left against the Twins, a personal punching bag for the past 16 years (the Yankees are 79-31 against them since 2002).
Stanton went 4 for 4, including his fifth homer, a 435-foot rocket in the middle of the stands on the left in the fifth that put the 5-1. He also had a walk and two runs batted in.
Andujar, in addition to throwing a hammerlock in the starting position in third place, went 4-2 with a homer and double, becoming seven consecutive games with at least one extrabase hit.
The other Yankees to achieve that before the age of 24 (since 1908) were Mickey Mantle (1955) and Joe DiMaggio (1937).
Gary Sanchez, who is getting warmer, started everything with a double of two runs and two runs in the first right right of the Twins Jake Odorizzi.
Main prospect Gleyber Torres singled to center field to start the eighth, the first stroke of his Major League career. He entered Gregorius' second Grand Slam, which he did 12-1. Gregorius has seven homers and 24 RBIs in 21 games.
Tyler Austin's two-run homer off Twins center fielder Ryan LaMarre later in the inning put the score 14-1.
Tanaka, who came out of a terrible performance seven days earlier, when he allowed seven runs (six earned) in five innings in a 9-1 loss to the humble Marlins, was phenomenal. He allowed one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings, which allowed Boone to rest even more in a bullpen that has won its share in three consecutive games. Tanaka (3-2, 5.28) gave two passports and struck out five.
"While we're not playing our best ball at the moment," Boone said after the loss to the Marlins, "I'm pretty sure we'll get it going." The Yankees seem to have backed him.
After Tanaka ran a runner in second place in the first inning, the Yankees started shooting at the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs and forcing Odorizzi (1-2, 4.50) to throw 34 pitches .
Sanchez improved to 12 for his last 34 at that point, including 7 of 20 in this home at home, when he landed a fast 0 and 1 ball in the center left slot for the double of two runs. Then, Aaron Hicks battled Odorizzi for nine pitches, lining up the last of them, a quick full count ball, to the right for a RBI single to make it 3-0.
Andújar made it 4-0 in Odorizzi's first pitch in the second inning, jumping on a fastball and lining him up the left-field line for his third homer. The third baseman, who is 13-for-25 with three homers and eight RBIs during this time at home, added a double in the sixth.
The Twins scored with two outs in the fifth. The chain of nine consecutive inmates of Tanaka ended when he hit LaMarre. Jason Castro and Brian Dozier, who extended their hitting streak to 24 games dating back to last year, singled to make it 4-1.
Aaron Judge doubled in the seventh and scored on Stanton's third hit of the night, a smoky single to the left that put it 6-1. Austin's two-run double later in the inning gave the Yankees an 8-1 lead.