By Kevin Cusmano
The New York Yankees came into Tuesday night's game with the Minnesota Twins looking for a strong pitching performance from big left-hander CC Sabathia. After having to use the entire bullpen Monday night after Bryan Mitchell was struck in the face by a line drive, breaking his nose, Sabathia had to come through with a big performance. He pitched well through the first six innings, even having a perfect game going into the fifth inning, but fell apart in the seventh.
Sabathia gave up a two-run home run to Miguel Sano to break a 1-1 score and when the inning ended, the Yankees trailed 4-1.
The Yankees weren't about to go quietly into the night, however, as they loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with who else but the struggling Alex Rodriguez stepping up to the plate.
A-Rod delivered in the clutch, hitting his 25th career grand slam and 15th with the Yankees, putting the Bombers on top 5-4. Chase Headley, who started the rally with a pinch-hit single, added a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to blow the game open.
Andrew Miller came on in the eighth to strike out Sano before closing the door in the ninth with the big lead, sealing an 8-4 victory.
The Yankees maintain a one-game lead over the Blue Jays, who beat the Phillies Tuesday, 8-5, for the AL East lead. The Yankees are getting hot, winning five out of six games. The Yankees go for the sweep of the Twins Wednesday afternoon.