There is an excellent chance that, within the next week, the Yankees and Twins will have the opportunity to see how their big-swinging lineups stack up in a postseason setting. In the meantime, the contenders are occupying their time by continuing to slug baseballs over the wall in impressive fashion.
The Yankees cracked six home runs to reclaim the Major League lead with 305, two ahead of Minnesota, in a 14-7 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Park. Giancarlo Stanton, Cameron Maybin and Brett Gardner went deep within the first four innings as the Bombers’ bats surged back to life following 18 straight scoreless frames.
James Paxton started for New York, but the left-hander threw just 21 pitches — serving up a two-run homer to Danny Santana — and exited after the first inning. The Yankees announced that Paxton was removed for precautionary reasons due to a tight left glute, snapping his career-best streak of 10 consecutive winning starts.