1961 Game 130: New York Yankees (86-44) @ Minnesota Twins (56-73)

Wednesday August 30, 1961

Yankees 4, Twins 0

A day after his team was shut out by the Minnesota Twins, Bill Stafford turned it around and did the same to the home team. He allowed just four hits (all singles), two walks, and struck out five Twins along the way.

The big story of the game, however, came from the bat of Mickey Mantle. Though he had faded in the home run race with teammate Roger Maris, Mantle closed the gap a bit with his 47th of the season. He hit it off Jim Kaat in the seventh inning. Maris went 1-for-3, knocked in his 120th run of the season with an eighth inning RBI single, but remains at 51 home runs for the year.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               132   87   44    1  .664     -   682  518
Detroit Tigers                 133   85   47    1  .644   2.5   701  540
Baltimore Orioles              136   78   57    1  .578  11.0   607  507
Chicago White Sox              132   70   62    0  .530  17.5   619  583
Cleveland Indians              132   66   66    0  .500  21.5   608  612
Boston Red Sox                 137   64   72    1  .471  25.5   623  685
Los Angeles Angels             133   58   74    1  .439  29.5   592  618
Minnesota Twins                130   56   74    0  .431  30.5   576  641
Washington Senators            129   50   79    0  .388  36.0   520  634
Kansas City Athletics          132   46   85    1  .351  41.0   536  726
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