Odorizzi Pitches a Near No Hitter for Minnesota and the Twins Beat the Yankees 3-1

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi throws against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. Photo: AP Photo/Jim Mone
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi throws against the New York Yankees in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis.

September 12, 2018 10:32 PM

Jake Odorizzi's no-hit bid was broken up when Greg Bird hit a run-scoring double with one out in the eighth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Yankees 3-1 Wednesday night to take two of three from New York.
    
The Yankees' lead over Oakland for the AL's top wild card was cut to one game as they completed a 4-5 trip.
    
Odorizzi, his arm slot fluctuating, walked Like Voit before Bird lined the next pitch deep into the left-center gap. Odorizzi was immediately removed from the game by Twins manager Paul Molitor and tipped his cap to the crowd as he walked off the field to a standing ovation.
    
Odorizzi (6-10) struck out five and walked three, matching his big league high of 120 pitches set while pitching for Tampa Bay against the Twins on June 3, 2016.
    
Taylor Rogers struck out Gleyber Torres, and Trevor Hildenberger fanned Andrew McCutchen. Hildenberger finished for his sixth save.
    
Luis Severino (17-8) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 3-6 in his last 11 starts. Severino unsuccessfully tried to persuade manager Aaron Boone to keep him in the game in the sixth.
    
Severino allowed one hit in the first five innings, then gave up a one-out single to Max Kepler in the sixth followed by Ehire Adrianza's go-ahead double.
    
Joe Mauer's single put runners at the corners, Jorge Polanco struck out on a wild pitch that advanced Mauer, and David Robertson relieved and retired Eddie Rosario on a groundout.
    
Minnesota opened a 3-0 lead in the seventh when Willians Astudillo hit an RBI single and scored on Kepler's double.
    
Twins catcher Mitch Garver was removed from the game after two innings. He took a foul tip to the mask in the second inning, and the Twins said initial tests did not indicate a concussion.
    
TRAINER'S ROOM
    
Yankees: All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman could return next week from nearly a month on the disabled list. Chapman has not pitched since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis, which has bothered him throughout the season. The 30-year-old left-hander threw a bullpen session Wednesday and was to return to New York for treatment. Manager Aaron Boone anticipates another bullpen session this weekend, then a return.
    
Twins: 3B Miguel Sano (left leg) said Wednesday that he hopes to play again before the end of the season. "I want to finish strong," he said. Sano was hurt last week when he slid awkwardly into second base against Houston.

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