MINNESOTA 5, NEW YORK 4 IN MINNESOTA (11 INNINGS)
Date: April 12.
Batting stars: Bob Allison was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs. Harmon Killebrew was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run. Cesar Tovar was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Pitching stars: Jim Kaat pitched nine innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Jerry Fosnow pitched two shutout innings, giving up a walk with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Elston Howard was 2-for-5 with a home run and a double, scoring twice. Mickey Mantle was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Pete Mikkelsen struck out two in two shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk.
The game: A run scored on a ground out in the first, Allison singled in a run in the second, and Kaat delivered a two-run single in the fourth to put the Twins up 4-0. Howard got the Yankees on the board in the fifth. In the seventh, a walk, a double, and two productive outs cut the lead to 4-3. An error allowed the Yankees to tie it in the ninth. Allison opened the eleventh by reaching third on a three-base error. Two intentional walks followed to load the bases. A popup and a strikeout gave the Yankees hope, but Tovar singled home the winning run.
Of note: Zoilo Versalles was 0-for-6. Jerry Kindall was 0-for-4 with two walks and a run. Tony Oliva was 0-for-5 with an RBI.
Record: The win made the Twins 1-0 on the season, in first place in the American League.