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New York Yankees Reaction: Offense Spiritless In Series Finale (Highlights)

The New York Yankees failed to complete a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

  • Minnesota Twins: 7 (24-51)
  • New York Yankees: 1 (37-37)
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A Sunday matinee provided the New York Yankees with an opportunity to move two games above .500 for the first time since April 14 and sweep away a dismal opponent. However, the direct opposite ensued.

Nathan Eovaldi surrendered four homers accounting for five earned runs, including back-to-back-to-back in the sixth, as he was subpar on the mound for a fifth straight outing. Danny Santana lined a solo shot in the third, and then Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, and Max Kepler went deep sequentially in the sixth inning to break the game open.

The torrent support was more than enough for Tyler Duffey, who was brilliant on the mound for Minnesota. The 25-year-old, who came into the game with a 6.18 ERA, took a perfect game into the sixth and allowed a mere two hits and one run over eight strong frames.

Insurance was the name of the game in the seventh and the ninth as Eduardo Nunez and Juan Centeno launched solo shots off Luis Cessa and Kirby Yates, respectively.

The six long balls overall paved the way for the Twins’ second win in seven games against the Yanks this year. With the loss, the Bombers dropped back to .500 for the ninth time this season.

Nasty Nate

Nathan Eovaldi was pitching like an ace for the majority of the early stages of 2016. However, he has severely faltered of late.

His last stellar start was on May 29 in Tampa Bay. Since that point, his ERA has risen from 3.71 to 5.19 and he has surrendered 10 home runs in five starts.

He possesses a brutal 8.65 ERA over that stretch resulting in an 0-3 record. The Yankees simply need more consistency from their flame-thrower.

Tex Activates Data Plan

Mark Teixeira returned from the DL yesterday with hopes to produce in the middle of the lineup. Today, he went deep for the first time since April 13.

Injuries aside, Tex has not produced the way the Yankees need him to. His solo shot, accounting for New York’s lone run, was only his fourth in 50 games this year.

The club can only hope that this is a sign of good things to come for their first baseman.

What’s Next?

After falling back to .500 yet again, the Yankees will start a series that will provide a good indication of where their team currently is. They will host the red-hot Texas Rangers, who currently possess the best record in the American League.

The teams will battle it out in a four-game set with Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.18 ERA) and Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-0, -.– ERA) facing off in the series opener.

Nova has featured a dismal 6.08 ERA over his last seven starts and could very well be pitching for his spot in the rotation. Gonzalez, on the other hand, will be making his season debut for Texas after pitching to a 3.90 ERA in 14 games (10 starts) last year.

First pitch will commence at 7:05 pm ET from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The game can be seen on YES and heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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