Bird Is The Word For Yankees, As Greg Bird Hits First Two Home Runs Of Career To Clinch Sweep Of Twins

August 19, 2015

By Kevin Cusmano


The New York Yankees got a glimpse into the future when rookie first baseman Greg Bird hit the first two home runs of his career during a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. 

Nathan Eovaldi was good once again, retiring the first 16 hitters he faced. Eovaldi has turned into a good No. 2 starting pitcher for the Yankees. 

Bird hit a rocket off of Twins starter Ervin Santana, who has had his struggles with the Yankees in the past, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead at the time. The Twins came right back with three runs off of Eovaldi in the sixth inning, taking a 3-2 lead. 

Bird stepped in with Carlos Beltran on first and this time took Santana deep over the wall and into the bullpen for another two-run blast. Bird got a curtain call from the Yankees Stadium crowd for his big-time performance.


"It feels good," Bird said. "It was a good win for us. A great team win. Nate threw the ball well; Carlos had some good at-bats in front of me. It was just a good win."

Bird is 6-for-18 (.333) with the pair of homers, a double and five RBI in five games with the Yankees since getting the call-up from Triple-A.


The Yankees bullpen was strong again, helping the Yankees sweep the Twins. 

Next up for the Yankees is the Cleveland Indians, who come to town for a four-game series starting Thursday night.


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