1961 Game 68: New York Yankees (41-25) @ Minnesota Twins (26-41)

Saturday June 24, 1961

Yankees 10, Twins 7

The Yankees jumped on Bert Cueto early, taking a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half. Bill Skowron (15) and Johnny Blanchard (7) led off the second inning with back-to-back home runs.

Jim Lemon answered with a home run (5) to lead off the bottom of the second. The Twins then pulled within two when Harmon Killebrew (21) and Lemon (6) went back-to-back in the fourth.

The Yankees countered with a three-run fifth; an inning that began with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris drawing consecutive walks.

Earl Battey’s two RBI triple in the sixth kept the home team in the game, and the Twins were able to mount another rally in the bottom of the eighth. Jim Coates hit Bob Allison with a pitch, then walked Dan Dobbek. Luis Arroyo was the new Yankee pitcher, and he promptly gave up a double off the bat of Battey, who knocked in his third run of the game.

With runners at second and third, no outs, and the Twins within two, Arroyo was able to retire three straight, the first two on weak pop fly outs. Elston Howard’s second home run of the year extended the Yankee lead to 10-7, and that is how the score stayed.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  68   44   23    1  .657     -   372  288
New York Yankees                68   42   25    1  .627   2.0   352  273
Cleveland Indians               69   40   29    0  .580   5.0   333  288
Boston Red Sox                  68   35   32    1  .522   9.0   302  327
Baltimore Orioles               70   35   34    1  .507  10.0   288  296
Chicago White Sox               68   34   34    0  .500  10.5   328  298
Washington Senators             68   30   38    0  .441  14.5   283  316
Kansas City Athletics           66   28   37    1  .431  15.0   302  345
Minnesota Twins                 68   26   42    0  .382  18.5   291  373
Los Angeles Angels              71   25   45    1  .357  20.5   281  328
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