The Yankees had no trouble handling the Twins in the 2009 ALDS. As we get ready for the start of this year’s meeting, a brief recap of what happened a year ago.
Game 1: Yankees 7, Twins 2. In the first postseason game at the new Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia faced Brian Duensing and it was no contest despite the Twins taking a 2-0 lead in the third when Michael Cuddyer singled in a run and a passed ball by Jorge Posada allowed Joe Mauer to score. Derek Jeter hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning and the Yankees were on their way. In the fourth, Alex Rodriguez broke an 0-for-29 hitless streak with men on base by driving in Jeter. Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer off reliever Francisco Liriano. It was now 6-2 and Rodriguez added some icing with an RBI single in the seventh.
Game 2: Yankees 4, Twins 3 (11 innings): This was the best game of the series. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez hit a game tying two run homer off ace reliever Joe Nathan, the Stony Brook University graduate. The game went to the 11th inning and after the Twins left the bases loaded, Mark Teixeira ended it with a homer run off Joe Mijares over the left field wall. It was Teixeira’s first postseason homer. By the way, A.J, Burnett started for the Yankees.
Game 3: Yankees 4-Twins 1: Twins: In the final game at the Metrodome, Andy Pettitte and Carl Pavano were locked in a scoreless duel until the sixth when Mauer hit an RBI single off Pettitte. But in the seventh, Rodriguez and Posada each homered and the Yanks led 2-1. Tow more runs in the ninth sealed the deal.