The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins face off in a critical three-game series this week that could have widespread playoff implications, but on top of that, fans will be able to score a rare opportunity concerning tickets.
For Wednesday’s midday matinee at Yankee Stadium — which also happens to be the series finale — fans can take advantage of a MasterCard promotion where Yankees tickets are priced at half-off for those making purchases on Ticketmaster using their MasterCard.
With those kinds of significant savings, what truly figures to be as competitive and evenly-played of a series between two American League contenders ends up turning into an absolute bargain. The two teams had yet to face one another this season prior to Monday night’s series opener, but coming in, the stakes couldn’t be much higher given their places in the standings.
At 65-52, the Yanks are currently clinging to a one-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East, while the Twins, who sport a 59-59 record, trail the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by two games for the second American League Wild Card spot. Thus, these are important games coming up that both teams could use in their chase for a postseason berth.
With the win on Monday to kick off the series, the Yankees have now won four of five, after previously losing five in a row to temporarily fall out of first in the division. Their series opposite Minnesota commenced a 10-game homestand for the Bronx Bombers, who have been fueled this season by the veteran combination of Mark Teixeira (.261, 31 HR, 79 RBIs), Alex Rodriguez (.267, 24 HR, 63 RBIs), Brett Gardner (.284, 11 HR, 52 RBIs) and Brian McCann (.243, 20 HR, 69 RBIs).
The Twins, though, boast some own firepower of their own, highlighted by the emergence of Brian Dozier. The All-Star second baseman is only hitting .246, but has been excellent in the power department, having recorded 25 home runs to go with his 61 runs batted in. Additionally, Joe Mauer (.261, 8 HRs, 51 RBI), Trevor Plouffe (.244, 16 HRs, 62 RBI) and Torii Hunter (.238, 18 HRs, 60 RBI) have all played a role in the team’s overachieving success up to this point. Their pitching hasn’t been as consistent, however, and will certainly be tested in this big series.