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Yankees facts and figures10/04/2004 2:42 PM ET
The Yankees finished the 2004 season with a 101-61 record to lead the American League. That is the same record they recorded in 2003.
Final MLB standings
On paper the Yankees got what they wanted: an opening round series with the playoff team against which they fared best. The Yanks went 4-2 against Minnesota, including a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. In that series, New York took both games of a doubleheader in a pair of close ones (5-3 and 5-4), with Mariano Rivera picking up saves in both games.
Record vs. playoff teams
Record vs. winning teams
After a rough first month of the season during which he hit just .168, Derek Jeter went on a hitting spree the rest of the season and finished atop the team in batting average (.292), hits (188) and doubles (44). Right fielder Gary Sheffield put up MVP-caliber numbers, posting a .290 average (second to Jeter), and led the Yankees in runs (117), home runs (36, tied with Alex Rodriguez), RBIs (121), walks (92) and slugging percentage (.534).
Jon Lieber and Javier Vazquez tied for the team lead in wins (14), and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and manager Joe Torre also got double-digit wins out of Mike Mussina (12) and Kevin Brown (10). Esteban Loaiza finished the year with 10 wins, but only one came as a member of the Yankees. Orlando Hernandez made his comeback from rotator cuff surgery on July 11, and won eight in a row before losing his first game more than two months later. The bullpen was the steadying force for the Yanks, anchored by the trio of Paul Quantrill (7-3) -- who led the AL in appearances, with 86 -- Tom Gordon (9-4, 2.21 ERA, 80 G) and closer Mariano Rivera (53 saves, 1.94 ERA).
Although the Yankees committed 99 errors, only two players finished the year in double digits. Jeter and Rodriguez committed 13 errors each.
2004 stats vs. Twins
Of the Yankees' starters, Lieber is the only one with a winning record this season against the Twins, posting a 1-0 record. On Sept. 29 he allowed four runs on 10 hits, struck out five and walked none in 5 2/3 innings. Hernandez has no record in one start; Loaiza is 1-1 in three starts, and Mussina and Vazquez are both 0-1 against Minnesota.
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