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Silva adds to Yankees' woes with solid outing

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twenty times this season, the New York Yankees have failed to score more than three runs. They've lost each game.

That's just another sign of the struggles this proud, experienced and expensive team is enduring.

Carlos Silva pitched seven strong innings, a diluted Minnesota lineup knocked out Kevin Brown during a five-run sixth and the Twins beat the New York Yankees 9-3 on Sunday.

"I don't think anybody ever walks out on the field and thinks, 'Maybe I'll walk out and lose,"' Brown said. "That's not your plan."

The Yankees, playing without an ill Derek Jeter, finished a forgettable week by losing for the seventh time in eight games. Their 20-game drought when scoring three runs or less is the longest such streak in the majors.

The hallmark of all those World Series titles was strong starting pitching, but that strength is beginning to become a weakness. New York's rotation has an ERA of 4.81, 11th in the AL.

"We know what our job is," manager Joe Torre said. "We just have to go out and be more consistent with our positive stuff."

Brown (4-6), who won four starts in a row until a loss at Kansas City earlier this week, was given a 2-0 lead on a home run by rookie Robinson Cano and an RBI single by Jason Giambi.

But Brown struggled with his control in the sixth, hitting two batters to fuel the Twins' rally. He plunked Torii Hunter near the elbow with a one-out pitch. Hunter, hit for the second straight game, yelled at Brown, who barked back.

The exchange seemed to give his team a spark. Jacque Jones singled Hunter to third, and Matthew LeCroy drove him in with a double off the right-field wall that Gary Sheffield could've caught.

After an intentional walk to Michael Cuddyer, Brown hit Mike Redmond to force in Jones and tie it at 2. Rookie Luis Rodriguez laced a single to right to put Minnesota in front, and Tanyon Sturtze relieved Brown.

On the first pitch, Michael Ryan bunted on his own with the bases loaded. Cuddyer raced home -- no call for the suicide squeeze was made -- and slid in safely, and Brent Abernathy followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

The Twins batted around in the inning, which might have been set up by Abernathy's 11-pitch at-bat to end the fifth. He popped out, but Brown really had to work.

Catcher Jorge Posada said Brown's stuff was the best he had seen this year, but the 40-year-old right-hander -- whose ERA rose to 5.43 - was not pleased.

"It was a day, from square one, where not everything was clicking," Brown said. "I had to work hard to try and stay in there. I just didn't get it done."

Silva (4-3) gave up seven hits and two runs while striking out one without a walk. He has issued only three of them in 74 innings this year. Silva would've pitched the eighth, were it not for an upset stomach.

After watching the bizarre sixth, his starting pitcher get sick between innings and his team take two of three from the Yankees, Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was in a bit of a daze.

"I really don't know how I'm feeling right now," an exasperated Gardenhire said. "I'm really glad we won."

Hideki Matsui hit an RBI single off J.C. Romero in the eighth to cut the lead to two, but Jesse Crain came in and retired the next three.

Ryan, who tied a career high with three hits, added an RBI single off Paul Quantrill in the eighth. Hunter drove in a run with an infield single, and Jones hit a two-run single to make it 9-3.

Mounting injuries left Minnesota with a considerably thinned-out lineup. Four starters -- first baseman Justin Morneau, catcher Joe Mauer, shortstop Juan Castro and left fielder Shannon Stewart -- were banged up, and a fifth, second baseman Nick Punto, is on the disabled list. Corner infielder Terry Tiffee was the only healthy body on Gardenhire's bench.

Cano, who went 3-for-4 Saturday, crushed an 0-1 pitch from Silva that cleared the wall in right-center field and put the Yankees up 1-0. With Jeter getting his second straight day of rest to recover from a bad chest cold, Cano batted second for the fourth time this year.

Perhaps Jeter's return can give New York a boost.

"We just need to keep playing and find a way," Posada said. "Keep looking forward and have fun doing it. We have a lot of talent. We just have to keep believing in ourselves."

Notes

  • An MRI test on Morneau's sore left elbow revealed a small bone spur. He entered in the ninth to play defense.
  • This was Brown's first regular-season start against Minnesota since April 29, 1995, when he pitched for Baltimore. He won Game 3 of last year's first-round playoff series here.
  • Hunter just couldn't find safety anywhere. In the second inning, Jones hit a line drive into the dugout that glanced off Hunter's side. After annoyingly motioning to his teammate to keep the ball on the field, Hunter grabbed a catcher's mask and chest protector -- pumping his fist a few pitches later when Jones hit a single.
 
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Reliever Terry Mulholland pitches a scoreless ninth inning, helping the Twins beat the Yankees. (AP)
Reliever Terry Mulholland pitches a scoreless ninth inning, helping the Twins beat the Yankees. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

M. Ryan
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
Tony Womack, LF4000000 .254
    Russ Johnson, 3B1010000 .200
Robinson Cano, 2B5211011 .255
Gary Sheffield, RF3010100 .315
Hideki Matsui, CF-LF4011001 .271
Alex Rodriguez, 3B-SS4120002 .320
Jason Giambi, DH4021003 .237
Jorge Posada, C4010004 .282
Tino Martinez, 1B4000003 .238
Rey Sanchez, SS2000003 .256
   a- Bernie Williams, PH-CF2000000 .247
Totals373931117 
a-grounded out for Sanchez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Russ Johnson (1, Mulholland), Gary Sheffield (15, Silva)
HR - Robinson Cano (3, Silva)
RBI - Robinson Cano (14), Hideki Matsui (39), Jason Giambi (14)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (5, 2nd base off Silva/Redmond)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Sanchez-Cano-T. Martinez
New York Yankees
Kevin Brown (L,4-6) 5.1855240 5.43
Tanyon Sturtze 1.2100020 2.54
Paul Quantrill 0.2444000 8.02
Buddy Groom 0.1100010 6.43
IBB - Cuddyer by Kevin Brown
HBP - Hunter (by Kevin Brown), Redmond (by Kevin Brown), Ford (by Paul Quantrill)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Brown 106-67, Tanyon Sturtze 25-19, Paul Quantrill 20-14, Buddy Groom 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Brown 6-5, Tanyon Sturtze 1-2, Paul Quantrill 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Brown 27, Tanyon Sturtze 6, Paul Quantrill 7, Buddy Groom 2
Minnesota Twins
Michael Ryan, DH5132001 .600
Brent Abernathy, 2B4111002 .308
Lew Ford, LF4100013 .283
Torii Hunter, CF4111011 .267
Jacque Jones, RF4132100 .291
Matthew LeCroy, 1B5121023 .257
    Justin Morneau, 1B0000000 .285
Michael Cuddyer, 3B3220112 .260
Mike Redmond, C3101013 .222
Luis Rodriguez, SS4021011 .308
Totals3691492716 
Batting
2B - Matthew LeCroy (2, Brown), Michael Cuddyer (12, Quantrill)
SF - Brent Abernathy (1)
RBI - Michael Ryan 2 (2), Brent Abernathy (2), Torii Hunter (34), Jacque Jones 2 (26), Matthew LeCroy (16), Mike Redmond (8), Luis Rodriguez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Ryan (1), Torii Hunter (11), Jacque Jones 2 (8)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Matthew LeCroy (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (W,4-3) 7722011 3.04
J.C. Romero0110100 1.64
Jesse Crain (H,7) 1000000 0.76
Terry Mulholland 1100000 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 82-54, J.C. Romero 10-4, Jesse Crain 12-7, Terry Mulholland 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 8-12, J.C. Romero 1-0, Jesse Crain 2-1, Terry Mulholland 3-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 28, J.C. Romero 3, Jesse Crain 3, Terry Mulholland 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37349
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Rapuano