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Kubel leads Twins over Yankees via grand slam

May 16, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

kubel congratulated.jpgThe Yankees ended a 12-game drought against the Yankees Sunday thanks to a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth inning from Jason Kubel.  It was his only hit of the game, but it was a big one.  Even more impressive, he hit the slam off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. 

The Twins trailed 3-1 heading into the eighth.  But Denard Span hit a single to shallow left, Joe Mauer walked, Michael Cuddyer singled, Jim Thome walked with the bases loaded, and then Kubel cleared ’em.  The Twinkies are now 6-29 in the Bronx under manager Ron Gardenhire’s leadership.  More importantly, they’re 23-14 and own a 1.5-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central.

Kubel, 27, hasn’t had the best start this year.  He’s currently hitting just .225 with a 661 OPS and two home runs in 98 at-bats.  Perhaps the exciting four-run shot will get his juices flowing.

  1. Wink and the Gun - May 16, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Glad the Yankees ended that drought against themselves…

  2. Wee Willy Herbert - May 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I do not believe that it happened. That was not Rivera. It must have been an alien pretending to be him.

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - May 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Remember, it’s all about the Yankees. The HBT computer must have gone to its Yankee default setting.
    In addition to the Bizarro Rivera, today also saw the Bizarro Joba in operation. It is Known Fact (Not To Be Challenged Ever) that the real Chamberlain-Rivera combo Cannot Be Defeated.
    BTW, I don’t have a dog in this fight, as I don’t own Rivera, Chamberlain, or Kubel. The unexpected win for Blackburn is appreciated, though.

  4. Oggmonster - May 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I can’t believe that the Twins finally stopped playing like a bunch of scared cowards against the Yankees.

  5. Wee Willy Herbert - May 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Stop being sarcastic. Joba is the second coming of Christ and Mo is Christ. That was not the real Joba and the real Mo out there. I tell you that their bodies had been taken over by sliens from outer space.

  6. Sonny - May 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    My friends what happened today was easy to call , it’s called : ” The law of average . Sooner or later it’s going to happen , no one is perfect . Don’t make a bet that it will happen again soon . The last time was 2002 . Yankee haters get your jollies today , because it may not happen again in the rest of Mo’s career .

  7. GimmeSomeSteel - May 17, 2010 at 3:00 AM

    The surprise to me is that it didn’t happen last year, when I owned Rivera. He may not be the best in a particular year, but he’s the best, period.

  8. Darryl - May 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Or, as the saying goes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then……..

  9. Big Harold - May 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Sure, .. law of averages, .. nobody is perfect is some of the explanation. But, the root cause was Rivera hadn’t pitched in about two weeks. He was clearly rusty as he walked the first batter he faced.
    Mariano Rivera usually gives up at least one mid season uncharacteristic long ball. Nothing new here.

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