The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series Monday at Target Field. The Yankees (88-64) will send veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte (4-3) to the mound for the second time since returning from a fractured ankle, while the Twins (64-89) will start Liam Hendriks (1-7).
The series will feature two teams on the opposite ends of the American League standings. Currently, New York sits in first place in the AL East but it owns just a one-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles (87-65), who will start a four-game series with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Twins own the second worst record in the AL. The only team worse than Minnesota is the Cleveland Indians (63-90), a AL Central division rival.
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Just a few days after making his return to the Yankees pitching rotation, Pettitte is scheduled to throw between 85-90 pitches. Last Wednesday, the 40-year-old Pettitte was only allowed to toss 75 pitches but was able to toss five scoreless innings in New York's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Pettitte's counterpart, Hendriks, is 23 years old and will be making his first start against New York.
The game will be broadcast on the YES Network. First pitch is schedule for 8:05 p.m.
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