Twins' Gio Urshela opens up about Yankees trade ahead of series opener

Urshela told reporters he was told he was going to be playing shortstop for the Yankees and the next day he was headed for Minneapolis.

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Gio Urshela of the Twins throws to first to get out Jose Trevino of the New York Yankees at Target Field on June 7, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Gio Urshela of the Twins throws to first to get out Jose Trevino of the New York Yankees at Target Field on June 7, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Berding/Getty Images)

“That day they said I was going to play shortstop and the next day I had a new team,” he said, via the New York Daily News.

Urshela said he was looking forward to playing against some of his old teammates.

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“It’s gonna be fun playing against my old teammates. A lot of memories of good times, the past three years. I mean, every year I play there it’s going through my mind, I spend a lot of time there. My best year in my career was with the Yankees. so it’s gonna be fun,” he added.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, and Anthony Rizzo celebrate a two-run home run by Judge off Minnesota Twins pitcher Cole Sands Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Minneapolis.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, and Anthony Rizzo celebrate a two-run home run by Judge off Minnesota Twins pitcher Cole Sands Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

New York did get the best of the Twins in the first game of the series thanks to home runs from Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees defeated the Twins 10-4 to pick up their seventh straight win.

Urshela finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sanchez was 0-for-4.

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