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The Yankees and Twins played two wild games in a row culminating with a 14-12 thriller Tuesday night. Through two games, the teams have combined for 40 runs. Forty! It easily would have been 43 if not for the catch of the season by Aaron Hicks.

Both bullpens are exhausted — The Twins’ pen was tired going into the series, too — and now they’ll have to find a way to get through nine more innings against each other’s respective lineups.

J.A. Happ is on the mound, and the southpaw has put together three good, albeit short, outings in a row. Each 5-5.2 innings, two runs or fewer, and no parade of homers. That’s legitimate progress considering how he closed June against Houston.

Now he’ll have his toughest challenge since those Astros: A Twins lineup that has already touched him up on Star Wars Day in May. On the other side is Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota’s dependable No. 2 starter.

Here are the lineups:

Yankees (65-35)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  5. Didi Gregorius, SS
  6. Gleyber Torres, 2B
  7. Gio Urshela, 3B
  8. Mike Tauchman, LF
  9. Austin Romine, C

LHP J.A. Happ

Twins (61-39)

  1. Mitch Garver, C
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS
  3. Nelson Cruz, DH
  4. Eddie Rosario, LF
  5. Miguel Sano, 1B
  6. Marwin Gonzalez, RF
  7. Luis Arraez, 3B
  8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
  9. Jake Cave, CF

RHP Jake Odorizzi

News & Notes

  • ICYMI: Gary Sanchez went on the IL with a left groin strain. It was a right groin strain that felled him last year, so this is a new injury. Aaron Boone told reporters it was a Grade 1 strain. Though he should be back, this could lead the Yankees to look for catching help before July 31.
  • Kyle Higashioka is up as the backup catcher while Nestor Cortes was called up for Jonathan Holder. (Technically, it was for Sanchez’s IL move since he hadn’t been down 10 days, but still). Cortes can give the Yankees length tonight with David Hale and Luis Cessa likely unavailable.
  • Brett Gardner will be out for the fourth straight game, though he insists he’s available off the bench. His knee injury has to be getting close to needing an IL stint, right?
  • Y’all witness the craziness of the Red Sox-Rays eighth inning? Here’s the best explanation I’ve seen, or you can read my tweet thread trying to explain it.

Anyway, it’s an 8:10 p.m. start on PIX 11 or ESPN (which may be just for those out of market). Another clear day on tap in Minnesota. Enjoy!