1961 Game 18: New York Yankees (10-5) @ Minnesota Twins (10-7)

Wednesday May 3, 1961

Yankees 7, Twins 3

You can’t make mistakes against a team like the New York Yankees – or at least so the cliche goes. Minnesota defense effectively handed the Yankees a win with three errors. New York capitalized by scoring seven runs split up between the fourth and seventh innings. Roger Maris hit his second home run of the year, a three-run blast that capped off the Yankee scoring in the seventh inning.

Twins runs came in the first inning, when they took a 1-0 lead after Harmon Killebrew’s sacrifice fly plated Zoilo Versalles, and in the seventh inning after all the Yankee damage had been done.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  16   11    5    0  .688     -    95   61
New York Yankees                17   11    5    1  .688     -    74   64
Cleveland Indians               18   10    8    0  .556   2.0    77   70
Minnesota Twins                 18   10    8    0  .556   2.0    75   91
Baltimore Orioles               19    9    9    1  .500   3.0    79   77
Kansas City Athletics           15    7    8    0  .467   3.5    89   81
Boston Red Sox                  16    7    9    0  .438   4.0    58   71
Chicago White Sox               16    7    9    0  .438   4.0    70   70
Washington Senators             18    6   12    0  .333   6.0    44   65
Los Angeles Angels              15    5   10    0  .333   5.5    53   64

The series wraps up tomorrow with Jim Kaat and Whitey Ford the scheduled pitchers.

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