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.