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Saturday July 31, 1971
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Although staggered in the ninth inning, Bert Blyleven recovered and gained his first victory since June 15 when the Twins defeated the Yankees, 5-4. The Twins, after sending nine men to the plate and scoring three runs in the first inning, added an unearned marker in the fifth and took a 5-1 lead when Leo Cardenas homered in the eighth.

The Yankees rallied in the ninth when Danny Cater hit for the circut with two men on base and one out, but Blyleven got Horace Clarke and Gene Michael on grounders to save his victory. [The Sporting News]


Minnesota Twins 5, New York Yankees 4

Game Played on Saturday, July 31, 1971 (Day game) at Metropolitan Stadium

Yankees      0  0  0    0  0  0    0  1  3  -   4  8  1
Twins        3  0  0    0  1  0    0  1  x  -   5 11  0


Yankees              AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG      Twins                AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG
Kenney 3b             4   0   1   0     0   2   .255      Tovar lf              4   1   2   0     0   0   .301
Gibbs c               4   0   0   0     0   1   .209      Carew 2b              4   1   2   0     0   0   .278
Murcer cf             3   0   0   0     1   0   .331      Killebrew 3b          3   0   1   1     0   1   .255
White lf              4   1   0   0     0   3   .278      Oliva rf              4   2   2   0     0   0   .359
Blomberg rf           4   1   3   0     0   0   .357      Reese 1b              3   0   1   0     1   1   .210
Cater 1b              4   1   1   3     0   0   .260      Cardenas ss           3   1   2   2     1   0   .286
Clarke 2b             4   1   1   0     0   0   .233      Nettles cf            3   0   0   1     1   2   .253
Michael ss            4   0   1   0     0   1   .247      Roof c                4   0   1   0     0   1   .195
Kline p               1   0   0   0     0   1   .167      Blyleven p            3   0   0   0     0   0   .088
  Lyttle ph           1   0   0   0     0   0   .203
  Closter p           0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
  Alou ph             1   0   1   1     0   0   .267
  Kekich p            0   0   0   0     0   0   .200

Totals               34   4   8   4     1   8             Totals               31   5  11   4     3   5

Time of Game: 2:15   Attendance: 25,650
Left on Base: Yankees 4, Twins 7
DP: Yankees 3, Twins 1
Errors: Cater
Doubles: Tovar (18), Oliva (19)
Home Runs: Cater (3), Cardenas (13)
Stolen Bases: Kenney (8), Reese (4)
Caught Stealing: Reese (3)
Sacrifice Hits: Blyleven (3)
Sacrifice Flies: Killebrew (6)
GIDP: Cater (13), Oliva (9), Cardenas (10)


Yankees                IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Kline L(8-10)           5     9   4   3   3   2   0  25   3.16
Closter                 2     1   0   0   0   2   0   7   1.59
Kekich                  1     1   1   1   0   1   1   4   4.01
Totals                  8    11   5   4   3   5   1  36

Twins                  IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Blyleven W(8-12)        9     8   4   4   1   8   1  35   3.34
Totals                  9     8   4   4   1   8   1  35

Umpires: HP - Frank Umont, 1B - Lou DiMuro, 2B - Bill Haller, 3B - Jake O'Donnell


YANKEES 1ST: Kenney singled to left; Gibbs flied out to right;
Murcer flied out to left; Kenney stole second; White struck out;
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 0.

TWINS 1ST: Tovar doubled to center; On a bunt Carew singled to
first [Tovar to third]; Killebrew hit a sacrifice fly to center
[Tovar scored]; Oliva singled to center [Carew to second]; Reese
walked [Carew to third, Oliva to second]; Cardenas singled to
left [Carew scored, Oliva to third, Reese to second]; Nettles
walked [Oliva scored, Reese to third, Cardenas to second]; Roof
made an out to shortstop; Blyleven flied out to right; 3 R, 4 H,
0 E, 3 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 3.

YANKEES 2ND: Blomberg singled to right; Cater grounded into a
double play (shortstop to second to first) [Blomberg out at
second]; Clarke grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 3.

TWINS 2ND: Tovar singled to center; Carew forced Tovar (second
to shortstop); Killebrew singled to left [Carew to second];
Oliva grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first)
[Killebrew out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Yankees 0,
Twins 3.

YANKEES 3RD: Michael struck out; Kline struck out; Kenney struck
out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 3.

TWINS 3RD: Reese singled to left; Cardenas grounded into a
double play (second to first) [Reese out at second]; Nettles
struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 3.

YANKEES 4TH: Gibbs grounded out (pitcher to first); Murcer
grounded out (second to first); White was called out on strikes;
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 3.

TWINS 4TH: Roof singled; Blyleven out on a sacrifice bunt
(pitcher to second) [Roof to second]; Tovar lined to center;
Carew flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Yankees 0,
Twins 3.

YANKEES 5TH: Blomberg singled to right; Cater flied out to
right; Clarke forced Blomberg (first to shortstop); Michael
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Yankees
0, Twins 3.

TWINS 5TH: Killebrew flied out to center; Oliva doubled to
center; Reese reached on an error by Cater [Oliva scored
(unearned) (no RBI), Reese to first]; Reese stole second;
Cardenas walked; Nettles struck out while Reese was caught
stealing third (catcher to third); 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.
Yankees 0, Twins 4.

YANKEES 6TH: LYTTLE BATTED FOR KLINE; Lyttle lined to third;
Kenney grounded out (shortstop to first); Gibbs struck out; 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 4.

TWINS 6TH: CLOSTER REPLACED LYTTLE (PITCHING); Roof grounded out
(pitcher to first); Blyleven lined to second; Tovar grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 4.

YANKEES 7TH: Murcer lined to center; White struck out; Blomberg
flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 4.

TWINS 7TH: Carew singled to center; Killebrew struck out; Oliva
forced Carew (third to second); Reese struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Yankees 0, Twins 4.

YANKEES 8TH: Cater grounded out (third to first); On a bunt
Clarke singled to second; On a bunt Michael singled to third
[Clarke to second]; ALOU BATTED FOR CLOSTER; Alou singled to
left [Clarke scored, Michael to second]; Kenney was called out
on strikes; Gibbs flied out to left; 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.
Yankees 1, Twins 4.

TWINS 8TH: KEKICH REPLACED ALOU (PITCHING); Cardenas homered;
Nettles popped to third in foul territory; Roof struck out;
Blyleven grounded out (third to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Yankees 1, Twins 5.

YANKEES 9TH: Murcer walked; White forced Murcer (second to
shortstop); Blomberg singled to first [White to second]; Cater
homered [White scored, Blomberg scored]; Clarke grounded out
(pitcher to first); Michael grounded out (second to pitcher); 3
R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Yankees 4, Twins 5.



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