Twins earn first season win over Yankees since 2001

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For the first time since 2001, the Minnesota Twins have won their season series against the New York Yankees.

On Tuesday night, the Twins won 6-2 at home against the Yankees, pushing their record against the Yankees in 2023 to 4-2. The two teams will meet for the last time in the regular season on Wednesday, which means that the Twins have already won most of the seven games played. Taking the season series also ensures that Minnesota will hold the tiebreaker over the Yankees in the event the two teams tie for a postseason wild card berth or seeding among division winners.

In 2001, the Twins won four of six against the Yankees. However, from 2002-2022, the Yankees won every season series against Minnesota, going a combined 98-38 in those games. Also in postseason play between 2002 and 2022, the Yankees were 16-2 against the Twins. Add it all up and the Yankees were 114-40 head-to-head against the Twins between 2002 and 2022.

In Tuesday’s victory, Byron Buxton and Trevor Larnach both hit 2-run home runs.

“Twenty-two years? I was 6,” Buxton told reporters after the game upon learning that the Twins had ended a drought against the Yankees that had lasted since 2001. “This one felt extra good after hearing that.”

Minnesota starter Joe Ryan took the win to become MLB’s first five-game winner of 2023. He also became the first Twin since Jerry Koosman in 1979 to win his first five starts of the season. On Tuesday, Ryan gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. With the effort, Ryan lowered his ERA for the season to 2.81.

The win pushes the first-place Twins to 14-10 on the season. They are the only American League Central team to currently have a winning record. Meanwhile, the Yankees are now 13-11 on the season and have recorded their first three-game losing streak of 2023. They currently rank fourth in the AL East and seven games behind the Rays.

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