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It’s a potential American League playoff preview and series opener on Tuesday night as the AL East-contending New York Yankees visit the AL Central-contending Minnesota Twins.

NYY is favored on the MLB odds when they visit Target Field Stadium in Minneapolis.

Bet On MLB Picks Yankees -140, Twins +120 (total 8)
Expert Prediction Yankees 5, Twins 4
 

New York Yankees Betting Odds -146

The Yankees won for the seventh time in nine games Sunday, 10-6 at Tampa Aay. Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in the win. Judge ripped a two-run shot in the fifth inning for his 10th long ball of the year. Through his first 24 games this season, he registered a .663 OPS with three home runs and 31 punchouts. But since May 3, Judge has collected 12 hits in 31 at-bats (.387), with eight extra-base knocks, nine RBIs and seven walks. “He’s walking, he’s getting on base,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “That was inevitable.” The hot streak has brought Judge’s slash line to .235/.369/.497 on the year.

Catcher Luis Trevino went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs Sunday. Trevino hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and tacked on an insurance run with his solo blast in the eighth. Entering Sunday’s game, the veteran catcher had just two home runs through 78 plate appearances this season. He’s now slashing .293/.341/.453 with four long balls and 14 RBIs on the year. Trevino has hit safely in each of his last 14 starts.

Gleyber Torres went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Sunday, just his second dinger of the year. It’s been a rough season for Torres and was a rough week overall last week, going just 2-for-19. The three-run shot snapped a 6-for-39 skid. Perhaps the 27-year-old is trying to do too much in his contract season.

Injured infielder DJ LeMahieu, yet to play in the majors this season after fracturing his foot on March 16, hit live batting practice over the weekend at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, facing rehabbing right-hander JT Brubaker. Boone said that he “heard it went well.” There is not yet a set timeframe for LeMahieu’s return.

It’s lefty Carlos Rodon on the mound Tuesday. Rodon (3-2) earned the win over Houston last Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven batters over 6.1 innings. Rodon racked up 16 swinging strikes, leading to his second-highest single-game strikeout total of the season.

Rodon credited his improvement from his previous outing with an ability to attack the strike zone.

“I had an idea that I wanted to be up in the zone more than the last time,’’ said Rodon, now 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three home starts this year. “I was able to get ahead and get to the slider.”

While Rodon’s season ERA sits at a mediocre 3.56, that’s largely due to a blowup outing against Baltimore two starts ago. He has posted a 2.54 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 37:14 K:BB over 39 innings across his other seven starts.

The Yankees have won or split 11 of their 13 completed series this season (10-2-1). It’s just the fifth time in the last 66 years (since 1959) and the 11th time in franchise history the Yankees have won at least 10 of their first 13 series of a season (also 1926, ’28, ’32, ’39, ’49, ’58, ’98, 2002, ’10 and ’22).

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Minnesota Twins Betting Odds +106

The Twins enter having won17 of 20 and six straight series overall following a 5-1 victory in Toronto on Sunday as Carlos Santana homered in a third straight game. It’s the second time in three weeks that he’s homered in three straight games. Yet Santana has hit just one homer in his other 31 games. Since May 5, Santana has gone 9-for-23 with three home runs, eight RBI and five runs scored over eight games.

Edouard Julien went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday’s win. Julien led the game off with a single and added another base knock in the top of the eighth, stealing second base and scoring on an RBI double by Max Kepler in the frame. The stolen base was his fifth of the season and third over the last four games. Julien is now batting .224 with seven home runs, 15 RBI, 21 runs scored and five stolen bases in 40 games this year.

After a bumpy first few weeks of the season, Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli has noticed a “night-and-day” difference in his club’s offensive approach lately.

“It’s adjustment making,” Baldelli said. “It’s changing your approach as the game goes on to dictate how to win. You need to do different things at different points in the game, and our guys are finding a lot of different tools in their bag to get it done.”

Former All-Star outfielder Byron Buxton (knee) ran the bases at Target Field on Saturday, and the Twins are optimistic he can be activated from the injured list Tuesday. Buxton will run again Tuesday to test his knee before the game. The level of issue in the knee doesn’t seem to be close to what it was before those two surgeries — an arthroscopic cleanup in September 2022 and a plica excision in October 2023 — which have allowed him to play center field and be more mentally free than he’d been over the last two years.

“I ain’t been limited to anything,” Buxton said. “That, to me, just allows me to go out there and be myself already, not having to worry about — stolen bases, can I run, can I go first to third here. None of that is a problem. That’s a little positive that I’m taking while this went down. That’s something I’m able to do that I wasn’t able to do the last year and a half or so.”

It’s right-hander Chris Paddack (4-1, 4.34 ERA) on the hill Tuesday. Paddack (4-1) earned the win over the Mariners last Wednesday, allowing one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out 10 over 5.1 innings. Paddack did a great job of mixing in off-speed pitches with his four-seamer early, which led to him striking out eight of the first 14 batters he faced.

He would eventually surrender a solo home run to Mitch Garver in the fourth and actually allowed the leadoff man to reach in the fifth and sixth innings but able to work his way through it and earn his fourth consecutive win. His 99 pitches were his most in a game since 2021. Paddack also matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and currently holds a 0.70 ERA in May to go along with a 16:2 K:BB. On the downside, he’s also allowed eight or more hits in three of his last five outings.

Paddack is tied for first with Ronel Blanco, Tarik Skubal and Cole Irvin for the longest active win streak (4) in the American League. He is facing the Yankees for the first time since May 29, 2019 when he was a member of the San Diego Padres; took the loss allowing four runs on six hits (career-high 3 HR) with one walk and six strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.

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Yankees at Twins Info

When: Tuesday, 7:40 PM ET
Where: Target Field
Pitchers (away/home): Carlos Rodon/Chris Paddack
TV: TBS
Stream/gameday audio: TBS app

 
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