Gregorius, Sanchez, Yanks top Twins 8-3 for 4th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius leads the major leagues with 27 RBIs and has eight home runs in 22 games, totals matched previously in Yankees history by only Babe Ruth in 1921 and Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Perhaps with a few more big nights, the promotional people at Yankee Stadium will spell his name correctly.

Gregorius had a two-run homer and three RBIs as New York romped past the Minnesota Twins yet again, 8-3 on Tuesday. During the game, an advertisement board at the ballpark promoted "Didi Gregious Bat Day - May 12."

''What can I do? I can't fix that,'' Gregorius said with a chuckle. ''It's all over Twitter and all over the place.''

Gregorius hit an RBI single for a 2-1 lead in the third inning and pulled a changeup just inside the right-field foul pole and into the second deck for a 5-1 margin in the fifth, chasing Jose Berrios (2-2). Gregorius had three hits, raising his average to .347, and has homered in three straight games.

''It's fun to hit in front of a guy like that. I've just got to get on first base,'' said Aaron Judge, who hit his seventh home run and was a triple short of the cycle.

Gregorius also has 15 walks and a 1.229 OPS. He had 25 walks all of last season and his career high is 37 in 2013.

''Everybody knows that I don't walk that much,'' he said. ''I'm learning, try to lay off of those pitches and try to get on base for the next guy.''

Gary Sanchez homered twice as the Yankees went deep four times for the second straight night, and Gleyber Torres had a pair of hits and his first RBI. New York extended a winning streak to four for the first time under new manager Aaron Boone and sent the Twins to their season-worst fifth consecutive loss.

A night after a 14-1 drubbing, New York beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time and improved to 27-9 against the Twins at new Yankee Stadium, including the playoffs.

''I've always heard it talked about that the Yankees play well against them, but I think that's a year-to-year thing,'' Boone said.

CC Sabathia (1-0) rarely allowed hard contact in his second start back from the disabled list and gave up an unearned run and two hits in six innings. He is 20-9 in 39 regular-season starts against the Twins.

Dellin Betances entered with a 5-1 lead in the seventh but lasted just four batters, giving up a pair of walks, a hit and another unearned run. David Robertson pitched out of two-on, one-out trouble by striking out Ehire Adrianza and retiring pinch-hitter Joe Mauer on a comebacker.

Judge led off the bottom half with a loud, opposite-field drive to right off Tyler Duffey, brought up from the minors before the game for his season debut. Judge became the fastest in major league history to hit 63 career home runs, doing it in 203 games, four fewer than Mark McGwire.

Sanchez, whose second-inning home run tied the score , hit a two-run drive later in the seventh into the netting above Monument Park in center. Judge, arms crossed, gave Sanchez the silent treatment in the dugout before smiling and patting Sanchez on the helmet.

Berrios entered with 14 consecutive scoreless innings and had 29 strikeouts and one walk in his first four outings. He allowed five runs, six hits and two walks in four-plus innings, raising his ERA from 1.63 to 2.84.

''They've got a lot of guys that can do damage in a hurry,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''Everything is kind of magnified when you're not swinging the bats more on your side, too. You just can't hold them down and you can't score. It's been a bad combination.''

SLOPPY

Errors by Judge in right, Neil Walker at first, Torres while covering first and Betances raised the Yankees' total to 22 in 22 games, tied for the major league lead.

TWINS TIDBITS

Eduardo Escobar had three hits, a walk and an RBI. Brian Dozier went 0 for 4 after getting hits in Minnesota's first 17 games - 24 in a row dating to last season.

''As an offensive unit, pressing a little bit too much,'' Dozier said. ''You're trying to explode in one kind of swing.''

EMERGING EMOJI

As the Yankees add new players, Gregorius comes up with additional emojis for his tweets that follow wins. Torres is Baby bottle, Giancarlo Stanton is Volcano and Tyler Austin is Police car. Luis Severino has grown from Baby last season to Child.

WHIFFS

A night after going 4 for 4, Stanton had his second three-strikeout game this season to go along with a pair of five-strikeout games.

HE'S BACK

Released during spring training and re-signed last week, 1B Adam Lind made his season debut for the Yankees' Class A farm team in Tampa and went 3 for 3 with a double, walk and RBI.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Byron Buxton (migraines) will go to extended spring training after fouling a ball off his left foot Sunday during a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers.

Yankees: 3B Brandon Drury (migraines) is on track to start a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

UP NEXT

RHP Sonny Gray (1-1, 8.27 ERA), who has totaled just 16 1/3 innings in four starts, is on the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday night, when RHP Lance Lynn (0-1, 6.00) starts for Minnesota. Lynn's only previous outing against the Yankees was a five-hit shutout for St. Louis in 2014.

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NYY13-9
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  • W: C. Sabathia (1-0)L: J. Berrios (2-2)
  • HR: NYY - G. Sanchez 2 (5), D. Gregorius (8), A. Judge (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40000000.291.356.494.8500.0
M. Kepler RF-CF41100000.283.368.583.9513.0
M. Sano DH31000111.191.253.426.6801.5
E. Escobar 3B31310100.293.338.534.8737.0
E. Rosario LF40000024.232.264.391.655-1.0
M. Garver C40100010.200.273.400.6730.5
L. Morrison 1B20000111.103.212.172.3850.5
R. Grossman RF10000000.118.167.176.3430.0
E. Adrianza SS40000033.208.240.250.490-1.5
R. LaMarre CF20000011.421.476.421.897-0.5
a- J. Mauer PH-1B10000002.293.446.379.8250.0
  • a-grounded out for LaMarre in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF41000113.225.357.300.6571.5
A. Judge RF52311020.341.476.6591.1349.0
D. Gregorius SS41331010.347.442.7871.2299.5
G. Stanton DH41000033.213.307.438.745-0.5
G. Sanchez C42232012.208.247.481.72712.5
A. Hicks CF20000210.270.426.459.8851.5
N. Walker 1B41000022.172.232.203.4350.0
M. Andujar 3B40000023.295.313.607.919-1.0
G. Torres 2B40210000.250.250.250.5003.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Kepler (6), E. Escobar 2 (8)
    • RBI - E. Escobar (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Judge (5)
    • HR - A. Judge (7), D. Gregorius (8), G. Sanchez 2 (5)
    • RBI - A. Judge (16), D. Gregorius 3 (27), G. Sanchez 3 (18), G. Torres
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Escobar
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Garver
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Betances (2), A. Judge, G. Torres, N. Walker
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (L, 2-2)4.06552722.840.76-2.5
    R. Pressly1.00000300.000.834.5
    T. Duffey2.043311213.502.50-1.5
    T. Rogers1.00000206.231.154.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (L, 2-2)4.0
    R. Pressly1.0
    T. Duffey2.0
    T. Rogers1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)6.02101401.860.9827.0
    D. Betances0.11102106.001.89-2.5
    D. Robertson (H, 4)0.20000103.650.890.5
    C. Shreve1.02110100.931.030.5
    J. Holder1.00000209.531.414.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)6.0
    D. Betances0.1
    D. Robertson (H, 4)0.2
    C. Shreve1.0
    J. Holder1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Berrios, T. Duffey
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 93-57, R. Pressly 19-12, T. Duffey 41-23, T. Rogers 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-2, T. Duffey 2-3, T. Rogers 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 21, R. Pressly 3, T. Duffey 11, T. Rogers 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 82-53, D. Betances 21-8, D. Robertson 7-4, C. Shreve 18-11, J. Holder 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-8, D. Robertson 1-0, C. Shreve 2-0, J. Holder 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, D. Betances 4, D. Robertson 2, C. Shreve 5, J. Holder 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B40000000.291.356.494.8500.0
    M. Kepler RF-CF41100000.283.368.583.9513.0
    M. Sano DH31000111.191.253.426.6801.5
    E. Escobar 3B31310100.293.338.534.8737.0
    E. Rosario LF40000024.232.264.391.655-1.0
    M. Garver C40100010.200.273.400.6730.5
    L. Morrison 1B20000111.103.212.172.3850.5
    R. Grossman RF10000000.118.167.176.3430.0
    E. Adrianza SS40000033.208.240.250.490-1.5
    R. LaMarre CF20000011.421.476.421.897-0.5
    a- J. Mauer PH-1B10000002.293.446.379.8250.0
    Total3235103912-----
    • a-grounded out for LaMarre in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41000113.225.357.300.6571.5
    A. Judge RF52311020.341.476.6591.1349.0
    D. Gregorius SS41331010.347.442.7871.2299.5
    G. Stanton DH41000033.213.307.438.745-0.5
    G. Sanchez C42232012.208.247.481.72712.5
    A. Hicks CF20000210.270.426.459.8851.5
    N. Walker 1B41000022.172.232.203.4350.0
    M. Andujar 3B40000023.295.313.607.919-1.0
    G. Torres 2B40210000.250.250.250.5003.0
    Total358108431313-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (6), E. Escobar 2 (8)
      • RBI - E. Escobar (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (5)
      • HR - A. Judge (7), D. Gregorius (8), G. Sanchez 2 (5)
      • RBI - A. Judge (16), D. Gregorius 3 (27), G. Sanchez 3 (18), G. Torres
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Escobar
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Garver
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Betances (2), A. Judge, G. Torres, N. Walker
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (L, 2-2)4.06552722.840.76-2.5
      R. Pressly1.00000300.000.834.5
      T. Duffey2.043311213.502.50-1.5
      T. Rogers1.00000206.231.154.0
      Total8.010883134---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (L, 2-2)4.0
      R. Pressly1.0
      T. Duffey2.0
      T. Rogers1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)6.02101401.860.9827.0
      D. Betances0.11102106.001.89-2.5
      D. Robertson (H, 4)0.20000103.650.890.5
      C. Shreve1.02110100.931.030.5
      J. Holder1.00000209.531.414.0
      Total9.0531390---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 1-0)6.0
      D. Betances0.1
      D. Robertson (H, 4)0.2
      C. Shreve1.0
      J. Holder1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Berrios, T. Duffey
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 93-57, R. Pressly 19-12, T. Duffey 41-23, T. Rogers 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-2, T. Duffey 2-3, T. Rogers 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 21, R. Pressly 3, T. Duffey 11, T. Rogers 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 82-53, D. Betances 21-8, D. Robertson 7-4, C. Shreve 18-11, J. Holder 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-8, D. Robertson 1-0, C. Shreve 2-0, J. Holder 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, D. Betances 4, D. Robertson 2, C. Shreve 5, J. Holder 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Escobar doubled to deep left, Kepler scored38
      • 7TH INNING
        Sanchez homered to center, Stanton scored28
        Judge homered to right center26
        Garver singled to right, Escobar scored, Garver to second on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error25
      • 5TH INNING
        Gregorius homered to right, Judge scored15
      • 4TH INNING
        Torres singled to center, Walker scored, Andujar to second13
      • 3RD INNING
        Gregorius singled to left, Gardner scored, Judge to third12
      • 2ND INNING
        Sanchez homered to right center11
      • 1ST INNING
        Escobar doubled to deep right, Sano scored, Escobar to third on right fielder Judge fielding error10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jonathan Holder relieved Chasen Shreve
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Grossman grounded out to second
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chasen Shreve relieved David Robertson
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler doubled to left center
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Escobar doubled to deep left, Kepler scored
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Tyler Duffey
        • G. Torres: Torres grounded out to second
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dellin Betances relieved CC Sabathia
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Escobar to second on Betances fielding error, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver singled to right, Escobar scored, Garver to second on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • David Robertson relieved Dellin Betances
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • Joe Mauer hit for Ryan LaMarre
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
        • Robbie Grossman in right
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Judge homered to right center
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius singled to deep right
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton reached on fielder's choice to third, Gregorius out at second
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez homered to center, Stanton scored
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks walked
        • N. Walker: Ball, Walker flied out to shallow left
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Hicks to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler popped out to second
        • M. Sano: Ball, Sano flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Ryan Pressly
        • N. Walker: Ball, Walker flied out to deep center
        • M. Andujar: Andujar lined out to right
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Torres singled to left
        • B. Gardner: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver safe at first on 1st baseman Walker fielding error
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Morrison grounded out to shortstop, Garver to second
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, LaMarre fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge singled to left center
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius homered to right, Judge scored
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Jose Berrios
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano fouled out to first
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to shallow center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Escobar caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Hicks flied out to deep right
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Walker struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Andujar safe at first on catcher Garver fielding error, Walker to second
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torres singled to center, Walker scored, Andujar to second
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded into double play shortstop to first, Torres out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, LaMarre struck out looking
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to right
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Torres grounded out to third
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner walked
        • A. Judge: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Judge doubled to deep left, Gardner to third
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gregorius singled to left, Gardner scored, Judge to third
        • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gregorius out at second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver popped out to third
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Adrianza flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Sanchez homered to right center
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • N. Walker: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kepler popped out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar doubled to deep right, Sano scored, Escobar to third on right fielder Judge fielding error
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner lined out to left
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gregorius struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)