1961 Game 19: New York Yankees (11-5) @ Minnesota Twins (10-8)

Thursday May 4, 1961

Yankees 5, Twins 2

The Yankees cast aside the Twins for the third consecutive time, leaving Minneapolis with a three-game sweep.

Mickey Mantle extended his hitting streak to 16 games, and knocked his ninth home run of the season. It came to lead off the sixth inning off of Ted Sadowski, and gave the Yanks a 4-2 lead.

Lenny Green and Harmon Killebrew knocked in the only Twins runs in the fifth. With a man on first, Green doubled down the left field line. Killebrew followed with a single to plate Green for the last Twins’ run of the game.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  17   12    5    0  .706     -   101   61
New York Yankees                18   12    5    1  .706     -    79   66
Cleveland Indians               18   10    8    0  .556   2.5    77   70
Baltimore Orioles               20   10    9    1  .526   3.0    87   84
Minnesota Twins                 19   10    9    0  .526   3.0    77   96
Kansas City Athletics           15    7    8    0  .467   4.0    89   81
Boston Red Sox                  16    7    9    0  .438   4.5    58   71
Chicago White Sox               16    7    9    0  .438   4.5    70   70
Washington Senators             19    6   13    0  .316   7.0    44   71
Los Angeles Angels              16    5   11    0  .313   6.5    60   72

The suddenly slumping Twins will host the Red Sox starting tomorrow. Jack Kralick will try to get the team back on the winning track against Jim Brewer.

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