Dump the Slump: The New York Yankees Look To Rebound Tonight

Patrick McKennaContributor IMay 26, 2010

NEW YORK - MAY 05:  Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees walks in the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on May 5, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Tonight the New York Yankees resume play against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field at 7 p.m. after a fifth inning rain out last night.

The Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games and look to dump the slump as they send Andy Pettitte to the mound. 10days ago Pettitte threw six innings of two-hit baseball against the Twins.

Additionally, many of the Yankees' big sluggers have been in a slump lately and they will be looking to rebound.

The last time the Yankees batters faced off against the Twins they battered them for 12 hits and seven runs. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each went 2-for-4 with one run.

However, this was before both power hitters entered into their current slump, with Teixeira's batting average going down to .200 and A-Rod's sitting at .299. Although A-Rod has been improving his average lately, he went 0-4 against the Mets on Sunday, striking out to end the game.

The Yankees need to focus on what they have at hand and not look forward to Granderson's return on Friday.  

Also looking to get back on track tonight is Mariano Rivera, who hasn't fared too well in his last few outings. Most notably, he struggled against the Twins when he pitched a third of an inning giving up a home run and two earned runs.  

This is the first time the Yankees have played a game at the newly built Target field.  Game time temperatures are expected to be 75 degrees, with a fair wind blowing out of the park.


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